Following a truck accident, much attention is given to the actions of the truck driver or trucking company to try to identify whether negligence caused the accident. While focusing on the driver and his employer, however, many people may miss that the true cause of the accident was a defective truck part. When a truck part is defective and causes injuries, an experienced Coweta County truck accident attorney can help you hold the responsible manufacturer liable for your injury-related losses.
Commonly Defective Truck Parts
A mechanical expert will first examine the most commonly defective parts on a commercial truck that was involved in an accident. Such parts include the following:
Fuel tanks, causing explosions or fires
Braking systems, causing runaway trucks
Lights, which can cause collisions due to visibility issues
Underride guards, allowing vehicles to drive under the truck in the event of a collision
Tires or wheels, causing blowouts and drivers to lose control
Coupling, causing the trailer to suddenly disconnect from the cab or swing into other lanes
These are, of course, only a few examples as commercial trucks are made up of numerous parts that could possibly malfunction. If a malfunction is the result of a defective part, the manufacturer that designed, built, assembled, or sold that truck part should be held responsible for any losses suffered by victims.
Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a free consultation
If you have been involved in an accident with a large commercial truck, it is likely impossible for you to identify that a truck part malfunctioned unless the truck driver or trucking company directly admits it. An experienced truck accident lawyer, however, has access to mechanical experts and other resources that will work to identify whether or not a truck manufacturer is liable for your accident. For this reason, it is always important to contact Shane Smith Law at (770) 487-8999 for assistance as soon as possible.