The Dangers Of Defective Trucking Equipment

While many truck accidents are caused by human error on the part of the driver, sometimes mechanical problems are at the root of a crash. Tractor-trailers are large and complicated machines, requiring many parts to work perfectly for safe operation. When one or more of those components fail, the results can be disastrous.

At Volkema Thomas Miller & Scott, LPA, our lawyers have extensive experience representing victims of trucking accidents. We understand the legal, technical and safety issues that affect your case, and we use our knowledge to make sure you get justice after an accident in Ohio.

Why Is Faulty Equipment So Dangerous?

It is critical that truck drivers maintain control of their vehicles on the road. Defective equipment can compromise that control in several ways:

  • A truck may swerve unpredictably, veer into other vehicles or even run off the road.
  • Complete vehicle failure can cause a sudden stop in the middle of high-speed traffic, causing a dangerous pileup.
  • Certain equipment failures may allow an improperly-secured load to come loose in the roadway, posing a hazard to other vehicles.
  • Defective brakes may cause trucks to jackknife.

When equipment failure causes accidents and injuries, many parties may share responsibility. It may be appropriate to bring a lawsuit for damages against the truck driver, trucking company, leasing company, equipment manufacturers or the person responsible for maintaining the truck.

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If you have questions after being injured in a trucking accident, please contact us to schedule an appointment at our downtown Columbus office or another convenient location. You can reach us by calling 614-441-8553 or by completing the contact form on this website.