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Boling Rice LLC
207 Pirkle Ferry Road
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Phone: (770) 887-3162

Cumming, Georgia Truck Accidents can be Caused by Mechanical Failures

truck accidentNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports1 that there was an 18 percent increase in large-truck related injuries between 2011 and 2012. Large trucks such as semis or other commercial vehicles are capable of causing tremendous damage and extremely severe injuries when they are involved in collisions. In order for victims to recover, they need to be able to identify who or what caused the accident. While in many instances this task may be as simple as establishing that a particular driver was drunk or speeding, in other cases it is much more complicated.

Manufacturers may be held liable

Modern semi-trucks have thousands of individual parts as well as electronic systems that have the potential to fail. When these failures are the result of defective design or manufacture, the manufacturer of the part at issue can potentially be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result. Among the systems or parts that have the potential to fail and cause accidents include the following:

  • Brakes
  • Coupling devices
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Windshield wipers
  • Tires
  • Headlights
  • Taillights
  • Axles
  • Turn signals
  • Electronic stability control systems

Mechanical failures can also be the result of poor truck maintenance

In addition to manufacturers, there are other parties that could be held partially or even completely liable for any injuries caused by an accident due to mechanical failure. For example, commercial drivers are required by federal regulations to conduct a pre-trip inspection to ensure the safety of their vehicle. Failing to conduct this inspection could result in being unaware of worn or damaged equipment, potentially resulting in an accident. In a case like this, it is possible that the driver and/or his employer could be held liable in whole or in part for any injuries that occurred as a result. Additionally, trucking companies are required to ensure the safety of their fleet by practicing regular vehicle maintenance. Failure to do so may similarly result in legal liability.

Contact a Cumming, Georgia personal injury lawyer today to schedule a free consultation

Anyone who has been injured in a truck accident that they believe may have been caused by mechanical failure should contact an attorney immediately. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Boling Rice LLC today at (770) 887-3162.

1 http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811868.pdf

 

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