Consequences of Defective Truck Equipment

Of all the equipment on the highways in New Mexico, semi trucks are the largest, most dangerous, and most valuable to the American economy. As rail freight transport has gradually been overshadowed by eighteen-wheeler trucking, a significant portion of all movable freight in the U.S. rests on the shoulders of these rolling giants. Like every mechanical device, however, semis can be defective—and the consequence of an equipment failure on a truck can result in highway damage, injury, or death.

Because of the voluminous applications for large trucks, there is a nearly infinite number of possible mechanical failures that might occur, both in the vehicle and in the equipment that secures the cargo:

  • Brake failure

  • Tire failure

  • Lights

  • Engine parts including hoses, etc.

  • Couplers

  • Hitches

  • Load straps

  • Steering

  • Wipers

Unfortunately, when that equipment fails, it is often due not to unpredictable tragedy, but to negligence on the part of either the trucking company, the truck’s owner operator, or the manufacturer of that equipment.

Whose Fault is Defective Truck Equipment?

When equipment fails on a large truck, especially on the highway, it is absolutely paramount that the cause of that failure be established. Several forms of negligence may have contributed to failure in the part or parts in question:

  • Improper maintenance

  • Overtly aggressive handling

  • Complete lack of maintenance

  • Failure to inspect equipment

  • Manufacturer defect, whether in design or materials

If the fault lies with the owner/operator/trucking company, then it will be important to begin the process of establishing a case by looking for maintenance documentation which proves negligent care of the equipment. There is much required documentation in the operation of a large vehicle like a semi—if that documentation is lacking, if maintenance was ignored due to perceived time\budget limitations or even laziness, then a case can be established. If that is possible, then it will be necessary to get a personal injury attorney involved in the process as early and as aggressively as possible.

If the fault lies with the manufacturer of the product that failed, then a case can be established by corroborating with other documented failures of the same equipment. When any consumer purchases a product, they expect it to function effectively with the required proper maintenance. When a faulty part gets into a consumer’s hands and then ends up as part of a vehicle like a semi truck, then failure might mean loss of life. Manufacturers must be held accountable for such equipment failures in order to guarantee the safety of everyone on the road.

Putting Your Case in the Hands of an Attorney

They are experienced in the arena of equipment failures on semis, as well as other issues including:

  • Injury as result of negligence in a trucking accident

  • Injury due to equipment failure on compact vehicles

  • Injury due to lack of maintenance on a corporate vehicle