Another common defective part is a truck’s steering. If it goes out or one of its components breaks down, this may be a factor in the accident if the driver had no ability to control the tractor-trailer. Or if the tire blows because of a defect in its design and it causes an accident, the manufacturer may be liable.

But if there were other circumstances surrounding the crash, the defect may only partially impact the case. An example would be brake failure. Although that would certainly be an issue, if it’s discovered the truck driver had also been speeding, then both would likely be considered contributing factors to the accident.

Truck Defects That Worsen Injuries

It may not necessarily be a defect that causes an accident. It could be one that contributes to the severity of someone’s injuries.

Let’s say there is a chain reaction crash and a vehicle is pushed into the back of a tractor-trailer. If the rearguard on the truck is defective and as a result, the vehicle slides underneath, the injuries suffered may be more severe than would have been otherwise. This could allow the injured party to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.

Liability in truck accidents can be complex. Get legal guidance from Jason R. Schultz – call 404-474-0804 to set up a consultation.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.