Tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers are comprised of many different parts that come from various manufacturers. While most manufacturing companies are required to use and sell parts that are properly functioning and in good condition, there are times where a defective part may be used for a truck. Unfortunately, when this happens, the truck may malfunction and cause an accident.
If you were involved in a truck accident in or near Kennewick, WA and you believe it could have been caused by a defective part, you may not only be able to recover compensation from the insurer responsible for handling the claim but also the manufacturing company that used or sold the defective part.
How do I hold a manufacturer liable for using or selling a defective part that contributed to a truck collision occurring?
In order to hold a manufacturer liable for the accident you were involved in, whether you were operating the truck or not, you will want to hire a Kennewick, WA truck accident lawyer who can help you prove that a defective part was the contributing factor that caused the accident. Generally, an attorney will conduct an investigation (i.e. review accident reports, maintenance logs, inspection reports, etc.) to either confirm or deny the allegations. Obtaining these documents and knowing what evidence to look for isn’t always easy which is why it is best you have a legal expert working with you on the case.
Once you hire a lawyer and they are able to gather enough evidence to support your claims, they can then help you file a lawsuit against the manufacturing company. The company will have the option to refute your claims and take the case to court or pay you the amount you have stipulated you would like to receive in your lawsuit. If the case goes through the court system, a judge and/or jury will make the final ruling as to what you should receive in damages, if anything. In the event the manufacturing company knows it made an error and sold a defective part, the party may choose to settle the case before it makes it to trial.
What are some of the most common defective truck parts?
Although each case involving a defective truck part differs from one to the other, many of the cases generally stem from one of the following issues:
- Defective brakes
- Faulty headlights/taillights
- Worn or defective tires
- Mechanical malfunctions
Now, although a manufacturer may be held liable for paying a truck accident victim for the damages they suffered in a crash as a result of a defective part, there are times where the trucking company itself is to blame. Trucking companies are required to inspect their fleet or individual trucks they allow to operate on the roadways regularly to ensure they are safe and properly functioning. When a company fails to do so, it too can be held liable for compensating a truck crash victim.
Now, if you would like to find out if you have a legitimate case against a trucking company and/or manufacturer as well as what it is worth, contact Roberts Jones Law Office to speak with an attorney in the Kennewick, WA area.
Roberts Jones Law Office can be reached at:
8350 W. Grandridge Blvd., Suite 200
Kennewick, WA 99336