Every year, thousands of truck accidents occur in North Carolina. Many of these truck accidents are caused by defective equipment on the truck. Federal regulations stipulate that commercial trucks must be kept in good condition and follow maintenance schedules and inspections. When trucking companies and truck drivers fail to comply with these regulations they put drivers in harm’s way. By failing to comply with regulations, large trucks may contain defective parts that increase their chances of being in an accident.
If you’ve been injured in a North Carolina truck accident that was caused by defective parts, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. Contact an experienced truck accident lawyer to explore your legal options.
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Causes of Defective Truck Equipment and Mechanical Failure
Large trucks contain many parts and systems that need to be checked and maintained on a regular basis in order for it to operate safely. The following defects or failures can cause a truck wreck:
- Tire defects, including tread separation and tire blowouts
- Malfunctioning brakes or brake failure that prevents a truck from stopping
- Defective coupling
- Broken mirrors
- Faulty windshield wipers
- Defective straps and tie downs that causes cargo to become insecure and to shift or fall off
- Broken hydraulic hoses
- Steering defects
- Defective trailer hitches
- Failure of the steering mechanism
- Improperly working defroster
- Burned out or improperly working headlights, taillights or turn signals
- Defective anti-lock braking system (ABS) or truck brake failure that causes a truck to jackknife
Several parties may be held liable for truck defects including the manufacturer of the auto parts, the trucking company, and the truck driver.
If you believe that a truck accident that you were involved was caused by a truck defect, Contact Mike Lewis Attorneys to discuss your legal options.
Contact an Experienced North Carolina Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a family member was injured in a truck collision, contact a truck accident attorney today. You may be able to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, property damage and other losses associated with the collision. It’s imperative to speak with an attorney to immediately after a truck crash. An experienced attorney will be able to pinpoint the cause of the accident and who is liable for the damages. In addition, an attorney will be able to collect vital evidence from the accident before it disappears and interview key witnesses. These important steps will help your attorney build the strongest case possible.
Mike Lewis Attorneys has the knowledge and resources to handle all types of truck accident cases, including accidents that were the result of truck defects. Our law firm is available to assist injury victims in Winston-Salem, Greensboro and the surrounding communities.
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