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Commercial trucks come with necessary pieces of equipment for smooth operation. There are lots of moving parts to hitch the trailer to the cab, tow heavy loads, and simply to keep such a large and heavy vehicle moving safely. When one component of a big rig malfunctions, it compromises the safety of the entire truck. In one study, 10% of all truck accidents experienced part failures that caused car crashes.
Trucking companies, drivers and other parties are responsible for the condition and proper maintenance of fleet vehicles. After a collision with a large truck in Louisiana, come see our truck accident attorneys at Murphy Law Firm, so we can investigate the question of defective truck equipment.
Defective Vehicle Parts and Product Liability Law
Common components can be defective are:
Truck manufacturers must obey the highest standards of care when designing, creating, and distributing vehicle parts and fleet vehicles. The performance of each component is important to the overall operability of the rig. A single mistake during any of the manufacturing processes can result in a truck that’s unfit for the road. If a truck contains a defective part, it’s only a matter of time before something malfunctions or breaks down, and you or a loved one could end up being the one to pay the unfortunate, and often times deadly, price.
Louisiana product liability laws allow injured parties to file a claim against truck manufacturing and distributing companies in the event that a defective part causes a car accident. If the truck part has a manufacturing error, design flaw, or marketing mistake that makes it defective, the rules of strict liability come into play. This means the courts will hold the manufacturing company strictly liable for injuries the defective part caused, regardless of whether the company was negligent. Otherwise, it will be up to the plaintiff to prove negligence for a successful suit.