When you are involved in any kind of motor vehicle accident, especially truck accidents, the equipment that you rely on to save your life can also reduce the severity of any injuries you might sustain. When that equipment is defective, it can mean the difference between life and death. All of the equipment on semi-tractors, flatbeds, delivery trucks and other commercial vehicles must be inspected for flaws on a routine basis. If the equipment on a truck fails and causes an accident, the company that manufactured it and the company that was responsible for its maintenance can both be held liable— the same is true if the equipment in private vehicles is found to be defective as well.
Seatbelt Failure Amplified In Truck Crashes Cases
Several major automobile manufacturers have needed to recall their vehicles in the past because the seatbelts malfunctioned when needed in a major crash. The most common error is known as inertial unlatching, which occurs when the seatbelt isn’t completely latched when it has been fastened. The passenger may pull on it initially and find that it has no give, but in an accident, the impact may jar the latch and cause it to come loose, rendering the seatbelt useless.
Impacts involving trucks transfer a lot more energy than typical accidents and a defective seatbelt may be unable to prevent a passenger from hitting the windshield or traveling through it as he or she is propelled out of the vehicle. The auto manufacturer or designer of the seatbelt is liable in the event that a passenger is killed or suffers severe injuries because of the failure of his or her seatbelt. The injuries that result from these kinds of accidents usually alter the victim’s life permanently if he or she survives and pain and suffering must be taken into consideration.
Defective Car Seats Resulting In Catastrophic Injuries To Car Occupants
Children can be seriously injured in low impact car accidents if the car seat that is holding them in position fails to work properly. The impact of a truck is so much more severe that if a car seat fails during an accident involving a truck, the child is likely to suffer severe injuries if the child lives. Some car seats collapse upon impact, offering no protection at all to the children they are designed to protect. Car accidents are already the top cause of death in the United States for children between the ages of one and twelve and defective car seats have contributed not only to the deaths of children, but also to traumatic brain injuries, fractures to the skull and face and strangulation.
Truck Tire Blow Outs Causing Harm To Truck Operators & All Sharing The Road
Due to the efforts of many trucking companies to reduce expenses, trailers are often equipped with used tires that have had the treads replaced. These tires are often ticking time bombs and anyone who has ever driven over the remains of a blown truck tire on the highway has needed to check his or her vehicle for damage to the body and undercarriage. The same material, which can damage vehicles driving over it at highway speeds, is extremely deadly at the moment that the tire blows and sends debris out across the road. Not only can a blown tire cause a truck driver to lose control of his rig, but the tire itself can shatter a windshield and harm the passengers in any vehicle that was following at the time of the blowout.
If a trucking company fails to notice a defect in one of the tires that it outfits its trailers with, it may be held liable for any accident caused by the failed tire. The manufacturer of the defective tread would need to provide compensation as well. Truckers cannot be held fully responsible when equipment that they depend on fails when they need it the most.
Evaluating All Of The Evidence & Putting A Powerful Truck Accident Injury Case Together
Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers is dedicated to helping those who have been in truck accidents or who have lost a loved one to defective equipment or any form of negligence. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck crash, contact us today in order to find out whether or not you are owed compensation for your injuries or your loss. Unfortunately, many automotive and trucking product defect cases involve catastrophic losses such as paralysis, traumatic brain injury and death.
Our attorneys have successfully represented both motorists and truck drivers in these defective product cases. You have nothing to lose— our services are free unless we collect damages on your behalf.