When Drivers are Not at Fault, Defective Parts May be to Blame in Tennessee Truck Accidents

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When Drivers are Not at Fault, Defective Parts May be to Blame in Tennessee Truck Accidents

Many commercial and non-commercial truck accidents are due to defective truck parts. If a product defect—such as a truck or truck part—caused the driver to lose control of the truck, a truck accident could easily result. If anyone, including the driver, dies or suffers any type of injury, the companies responsible for the defect can be held strictly liable.

A defect is typically one of the following:

  • An improper design, which can go unnoticed when products aren’t tested correctly
  • An improper manufacture, such as when cheap parts that are likely to fail under stress are used
  • Faulty instruction or marketing materials fail to properly indicate how the product is to be used or maintained

Strict liability means there is no need to show that the business being sued was negligent or failed to use reasonable care. The existence of the defect and evidence that the defect caused a person’s death or injuries are two main elements that must be shown. In product liability lawsuits, the manufacturer, distributors, and sellers of the truck or truck parts may all be accountable.

Common defects

Trucks have many parts, often interconnected, that all must work properly. A failure in any one part, or combination of parts, can cause the driver to lose control of the truck, resulting in serious traffic accidents on Tennessee roads. Some defective parts that are known to cause truck crashes are:

  • Bad tires can cause blowouts and truck rollovers. Tire blowouts can also cause a truck to jackknife.
  • Brakes or anti-lock braking systems. Faulty brakes can prevent the truck from stopping, causing collisions with other vehicles and cargo spills. Trucks require more time to stop than cars and autos, so properly functioning break are essential.
  • Defective steering can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
  • If the couplings fail, the trailer can become unhitched from the tractor, causing the trailer to spread onto the road or spill its contents.
  • A malfunctioning hydraulic system can cause or worsen an accident.
  • Straps and ties. If these parts fail while the truck is moving, the cargo can fall into the street, causing a multi-car pile-up as vehicles try to avoid the spill.

Defective defrosters or windshield wipers can make it difficult to see in a storm. Defective mirrors can make safe passing impossible and cause the truck driver to fail to see or respond to emergency situations. If the headlights or turn signals are defective, the driver can lose control of the truck and other drivers can fail to respond to the driver’s maneuvers.

The Nashville truck accident attorneys at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm are experienced product liability lawyers. We work with professionals who can determine what part was defective and whether the defect caused the accident and the client’s resulting injuries or death. Our dedicated attorneys also bring claims against trucking companies and drivers who knowingly allow their truck to be driven with defective parts. For tough legal representation, call our Gladiators in Suits at 615-246-5549. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free appointment. We have offices in Nashville, Hendersonville, and Knoxville.

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