Truck Equipment Failure Attorney in Omaha
Massive commercial trucks share the road with us every day, and we trust that their drivers are following industry regulations to keep everyone safe. But even when the driver of a truck acts responsibly, there is still the potential for some defect or equipment failure to cause a serious, potentially fatal collision.
Truck drivers are responsible for certain routine inspections before operating their vehicles, and trucking companies must have maintenance workers who inspect, repair, and replace equipment as needed to keep trucks safe on the road. But this doesn’t always happen, and accidents result.
If you or someone you love has been injured because of a faulty or failed piece of equipment on a large truck, do not suffer in silence. It is likely that your injuries were caused because someone else failed to do his or her job properly, either due to laziness or to save money. And that person or company should be held responsible. Call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234 and tell us what happened. We can go over your options and discuss how negligence could have played a part in causing the crash, and how we can get you compensation for your injuries and losses.
Although there are a lot of truck parts that can have defects or cause a collision, a few particular situations are more common than others. These include:
- Brake Failure: Several parts of the brakes must be routinely inspected, repaired, and replaced in order to keep these large vehicles running safely. Commercial trucks are notorious for being hard on their brakes, and brake failures, especially going downhill, are common and disastrous.
- Engine Failure: Engines are complex machines that allow the massive frames and loads of trucks to travel at high speeds. The engine needs to be inspected and maintained on a very regular basis.
- Tire Damage: Commercial trucks have multiple tires, which help them stay connected to the road. When these tires blow out or wear down, the results can be catastrophic.
- Broken or Missing Lights: For other drivers to know what a trucker is doing, signal lights are essential. When these lights go missing or burn out without being replaced, it can be difficult for other drivers to know what is going on. Lights are fairly simple to replace, but without them serious collisions can happen.
- Broken or Missing Mirrors: Truck drivers have poor visibility because of the size and shape of their vehicles. When there are damaged or missing mirrors, it only gets worse. There is no excuse for mirrors in disrepair, especially since a trucker should notice mirror issues immediately.
When semi-truck accidents happen, it can be difficult to determine who, exactly, is at fault. But determining liability is vital for successfully filing a civil lawsuit, and an experienced Omaha truck accident attorney can research all the information available to determine who is to blame. This may include the:
- Truck Driver: If the driver failed to perform routine, mandatory maintenance, or saw a problem and did not report or fix it, then he or she might be liable for the accident. It is important to establish the difference between a driver failing to take action and a company ignoring a known issue, though.
- Trucking Company: When an accident is caused by faulty or failed equipment, the company that owns the truck may be to blame. If it failed to provide proper maintenance staff or tools, or instructed employees to not fix things as needed, or ignored a known problem, then it acted negligently.
- Manufacturer: There is always the possibility that the equipment failure was caused by the device itself and how it was made. Manufacturer liability is usually the most difficult to prove, but it can be done.
After a serious truck-related accident and injury, it can be hard to know what to do next. Let us take some of those worries off your shoulders. Call our legal team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. We can answer all your questions, help you deal with the insurance companies, figure out who is at fault for what happened to you, and get you back on your feet again. Your consultation is free, and we charge no fees unless we win you a jury verdict or settlement. Call (402) 505-8234 today.
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