Truck accidents can be disastrous for the people involved in them, and there are many things that can cause them. If you have been injured in an accident with a semi-trailer or 18-wheeler, you may be entitled to damages from any combination of the involved parties — the truck insurance company, the truck owner, truck lease-holder, trucking company, or possibly even the truck manufacturer. The trucking industry has many strict guidelines and regulations that they must follow, which make the claims process more complicated than a passenger vehicle accident, but also opens many more possibilities for compensation.
If you have been in an accident with a truck, contact the team at Cambre & Associates today. We are a team of experienced truck accident lawyers in Atlanta that will be happy to review your case, and represent you until you get the money you are rightfully owed for your injuries. One possible avenue that we will explore is a suit against the truck or trailer manufacturer or the party responsible for maintaining the truck for mechanical failure or defects. This is a very real issue that must be considered as we build your case, because in some instances, improperly maintained vehicles can pose a serious risk to everyone around them. Read more about what truck accident situations and what mechanical failures entail, and contact us now.
What Is a Mechanical Failure?
A mechanical failure (or defect) is anything in the semi-truck or trailer that causes an accident, or causes the vehicle to handle in a way different than it should. This could be something like improperly inflated tires, worn brakes, and anything else that would prevent the truck from operating safely. There are federal regulations that require truck drivers to continuously ensure that their trucks are in safe working order before operating them, and they keep extensive logs of this maintenance. This documentation will be very useful in our case.
Can I File a Lawsuit if I Am Injured by a Mechanical Failure?
If there is a mechanical failure on the truck and you are injured as a result, it is likely that the insurance company will try to avoid admitting that their client was at fault, and instead make you an offer that absolves them of any responsibility. DO NOT take this offer! Our team will work with you to collect all of the relevant information to determine what happened, why it happened, and who was at fault. This could be the manufacturer producing a vehicle with a faulty part, the party responsible for the routine work on the vehicle to ensure that it is safe, or perhaps the trucking company.
Whatever the case of who is responsible, your injuries should not go unaddressed. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of another, then you are entitled to seek compensation for your accident. Dealing with trucking insurance companies is extremely complicated, because of the extensive regulations and licensing that truck drivers and trucking companies must go through. The extra work that goes into a commercial insurance claim can be overwhelming, but these steps are all there to ensure that the driver was taking the proper precautions – if we can determine that these precautions were not taken, then it significantly increases your likelihood of a victory in civil court.
Contact Us Today
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact us today to discuss your options. Even if you are unsure of how the accident was caused, you will be able to work with an Atlanta truck accident lawyer who has a history of experience with these situations, and who will work to determine the cause, as well as your options for seeking damages. Contact us now to schedule an initial case evaluation.