Defective Truck Equipment Lawyers
The defective truck equipment lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. are ready to hold accountable negligent truck drivers, trucking companies, and manufacturers of defective truck parts and equipment. We understand that a serious truck accident can turn an accident victim’s life upside down. We want to help you receive the compensation you and your family need to move forward with your lives.
Large trucks that break down on the highway or shoulder of the interstate can create hazardous conditions that lead to personal injury and death. A tractor-trailer, semi, tanker or dump truck weighing upwards of 10,000 pounds that careens out of control or comes to a sudden stop because of tire blowout or mechanical failure can damage other cars, people and property in its path.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler in Alabama caused by mechanical failure or defective equipment, turn to an Alabama law firm that is committed to assisting truck accident victims. A defective truck part or piece of equipment may not be recognized as the cause of an accident until a knowledgeable defective truck equipment attorney conducts an independent investigation. Let us review the facts of the accident and explain your legal rights. Call us today at 205-933-1500 or use our online form for a free consultation about your legal rights and options.
Failed and Defective Truck Equipment Causes Crashes
The Large-Truck Crash Causation Study, an exhaustive research report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), lists the types of mechanical and vehicle failures commonly found in tractor-trailer crashes:
- Tire/wheel failure
- Brake failure
- Steering failure
- Cargo shift
- Trailer attachment failure
- Suspension failure
- Body, door, or hood failure
- Degraded braking capability
- Transmission/engine failure.
The most frequent equipment failure found was degraded braking capability such as brakes out of adjustment, followed by unsecured cargo, and brake and tire/wheel failures.
Obviously, equipment wears out and fails. Accidents happen. But frequent inspections required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are designed to identify worn parts and potential equipment failures or defective equipment before an accident occurs.
Drivers who fail to perform maintenance checks and truck companies that fail to properly supervise required inspections, repairs and maintenance can be held liable for the accidents that follow. Despite the federal and state requirements, many trucking companies still put unsafe big rigs on the road.
Investigating Accidents Caused by Mechanical Failures
The mechanical failure truck accident lawyers of Belt & Bruner, P.C. take the position that when a person is harmed in an accident involving an unsafe 18-wheeler, the best way to prevent others from being seriously injured or killed is to conduct a thorough investigation and focus attention on the faulty equipment or mechanical failure. The at-fault trucking company or truck equipment manufacturer that contributed to the truck’s condition may be liable for injuries in a commercial truck accident caused by mechanical failure.
Once the legal team at Belt & Bruner, P.C. starts to work on your truck accident case, we will dig into every aspect of the accident, identify all of the contributing causes and gather evidence to build the strongest possible case. Law officers who investigate tractor trailer accidents try to pinpoint the cause, but are limited in the time and resources they can devote to an accident investigation. Our lawyers will work with experts in traffic accident reconstruction, mechanical design and truck safety to determine whether mechanical or equipment failure or defective equipment contributed to the accident.
In addition to police reports, we will obtain and examine drivers’ logs, the carrier’s inspection, repair and maintenance records, and other records to establish inspection and maintenance of the truck. We will also obtain and review manufacturers’ records and reports and/or government advisories or recall notices pertaining to specific equipment implicated in your accident. We will review whether the company required drivers to conduct routine pre- and post-trip inspections of vehicles. In some instances, more than one party may be liable for an accident.
Tractor-trailer accidents are not the same as passenger car accidents. Commercial truck crashes are often complex. Carriers and manufacturers and their insurance companies have teams of attorneys skilled at shifting blame and minimizing payments to injury victims.
Our defective equipment attorneys are aggressive advocates with years of experience pursuing trucking firms and equipment manufacturers in our own state and across in the Southeast. We are prepared for tough negotiations with insurance companies and will take your case to court.
The American Trial Lawyers Association has recognized Keith T. Belt, Jr., the law firm’s founder, as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer. He is also an Alabama Super Lawyer. Our attorneys have decades of combined trial experience in state and federal courts.
Our mission as personal injury attorneys is to make sure you receive the full compensation you and your family need to get back on your feet and move forward with your life.
Turn to Our Defective Truck Equipment Lawyers
If you have suffered a personal injury or lost a family member in an accident involving a commercial truck, the attorneys of Belt & Bruner, P.C. would like to assist if possible. We are justifiably proud of our record of securing maximum settlements and verdicts for truck accident victims.
Alabama law limits the amount of time that accident victims have to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit so it’s important not to delay reaching out to a skilled lawyer to review your case. Typically a lawsuit must be filed within two years after the injury or death. Accidents involving faulty equipment on commercial trucks take time to investigate. Important records about a truck’s maintenance history can be lost if they are not secured by an investigating attorney. So, it’s important to take immediate action.
If you or a loved one were injured in a devastating accident, call the truck accident lawyers from Belt & Bruner, P.C. at 205-933-1500 or use our online form. We offer a case evaluation free of charge and are ready to help you obtain full compensation for your losses. With offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our attorneys will quickly travel to investigate your case.