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Common Examples of Defective Truck Equipment

May 21, 2018

“Accidents with commercial freight trucks are often life-threatening for drivers. In some instances, the collisions are the result of faulty or poorly installed equipment.”

Collisions between passenger cars and freight trucks often yield devastating results, such as life-long pain & suffering, expensive medical bills, irreversible property damage, and prolonged time missed from work. It’s not uncommon for these types of accidents to result in death as well.

The causes of any given truck accident can vary. Among the most common are driver error and company-deviation from established rules and regulations. Defective or poorly installed vehicle equipment can also cause truck accidents on Montana roadways.

Any vehicle can have performance problems related to the installation of defective parts. However, the risks are far greater when the faulty equipment is installed—or incorrectly installed—on commercial vehicles, which can sometimes weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds.

If you were involved in truck accidents, and the collision occurred because of faulty or Defective equipment (malfunctioning parts), you are entitled to take legal action. The claim is typically against the parts manufacturer, the commercial freight business, or the company responsible for assembling the vehicle. Here are a few examples of defective equipment that commonly lead to traffic injuries and fatalities:

Blown tires: Improperly inflated tires may wear more quickly and can result in handling and stability challenges. If these tires were to blow-out, drivers could temporarily lose control of their truck, sending them across lanes or into oncoming traffic. There are reasons why regulatory tire inspections are mandatory. If a faulty tire was a result of improper inflation or wear-and-tear, the truck company would be liable. If the tire was received defected, then the manufacturer is to blame.

Faulty Break Lines: Brake failure is a very common cause of equipment malfunction collisions, especially those involving front underride collisions. In most front underride collisions, it is clear that the truck attempted to stop but could not, and consequently roller right over a passenger car. Standard air-brake systems maintain compressed air that transmits pressure to the service brakes, which allows rapid stopping at short distances. When these airlines are leaking or punctured, the pressure is lost and the quick-action break system will be less effective.

Broken or Malfunctioning Ball Joints (Steering Systems): Ball joints undergo normal wear and tear. However, when the part is defective to begin with, the joints deteriorate unexpectedly and may lead to the sudden loss of steering capabilities. When worn or damaged, ball joints will result in a loss of control. Regular ball joint inspections are mandatory; however, when these parts wear-out unreasonable quickly, the damages are often-times not caught. If the faulty part was received defected, then the manufacturer is to blame. Otherwise, if the truck company failed to properly inspect the joints on a regular basis, then the trucking company may be liable.

Poorly Fastened Exterior Equipment: Poorly installed equipment on the truck’s exterior become hazards when they fall off. Things like trailer pieces or side guards can dethatch when fastened improperly. When this equipment detaches and falls onto the road, other drivers are put at-risk.

There are various other examples of equipment-based problems that can cause serious injuries to motorists. When these instances occur, victims are entitled to seek compensation for their damages from the parties who were responsible for causing their harm. When equipment isn’t properly inspected, the trucking company is usually to blame. However, if the part is defective, malfunctioning, or incorrectly installed, it’s typically the parts manufacturers that are responsible.