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Defective Truck Equipment Accidents In Washington

Last updated on June 12, 2024

Sometimes, parties other than a truck driver are responsible for trucking accident injuries. Defective or poorly maintained equipment is a big contributor, meaning there may be additional liable parties. For example, a truck driver may try to avoid a crash but be unable to stop if the brakes go out. Was it the company’s responsibility to maintain those brakes before the crash?

At Pendergast Law in Seattle, we use our 40 years of experience to help you consider all your legal options. Our team explores multiple sources of compensation to help maximize your claim. Truck accidents involving defective equipment can be complex, but our team will help you find a remedy. Schedule a free consultation to get started.

What Constitutes Defective Truck Equipment? How Does It Contribute To Accidents?

Any part or component of a commercial truck that does not function the way it was meant to may be defective. Defects can contribute to accidents in several ways, including:

  • Blowouts from defective tires
  • Malfunctioning steering controls
  • Missing or damaged mirrors
  • Nonfunctional safety features
  • Faulty brake systems

When defective equipment leads to a truck accident, victims have several possible options to obtain injury compensation. Demonstrating liability is a critical part of this process.

Who Can Be Held Liable For Injuries Caused By Defective Truck Equipment?

Potentially liable parties may include the driver, truck manufacturer, parts manufacturer, the trucking company itself or even maintenance workers employed by the company. This process can be complex – you must establish a link showing that a third party caused the defect, the defect caused the accident and the accident caused your injuries.

What Steps Should You Take?

After a defective truck equipment accident, get medical attention immediately and save copies of all accident-related medical records. You should also get a copy of the police report, take pictures of the scene, speak with witnesses and consult with a lawyer. Do not sign anything or make any statements without an attorney present.

If you would like to arrange a free truck accident consultation, call us in Seattle at 888-539-9211 or contact us online.

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