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Is a Trucking Company Liable for Equipment Defects?

In addition to operating their trucks and tractor-trailers in a careful and safe manner at all times while on the road, truck drivers are also responsible for ensuring that their truck’s equipment – including mechanical systems, steering mechanisms, turn signals, and lighting – is in working order at all times. When equipment defects lead to a trucking accident in which one or more individuals suffer injuries, the accident victim might be in a position to file a claim or lawsuit against the trucking company that employs the driver, and other potentially responsible individuals and entities.

If you have been injured in a truck accident that was caused by an equipment defect, call now an experienced New Mexico Truck accident attorney at The Law Firm of David C. Chavez, LLC (505) 865- 9696 we are here to help you. Our legal team can help you determine the cause of the collision by investigating the circumstances behind it. We can then assist you with filing a claim or lawsuit that seeks monetary compensation and damages for your truck collision injuries. 

Types of Equipment Defects that Can Lead to Truck Accidents 

When equipment fails on large trucks, accidents can occur with smaller vehicles. In these types of accidents, it is usually the occupants of the smaller vehicle who sustain the most serious injuries. Truck equipment defects that can lead to serious accidents include the following:

  • Defective lighting systems, including overhead lights and undercarriage lights, which can make the tractor or trailer difficult to see
  • Defective front or rear turn signals
  • Defective steering mechanisms that allow the truck driver to lose control over his or her vehicle
  • Defective braking systems that prevent the truck from being able to stop in time to avoid a collision with another vehicle

Potential Trucking Companies Responsibility for Accidents Resulting from Defective Equipment

When it comes to equipment on their vehicles, truck drivers owe other motor vehicle owners, as well as the operators owe a duty of care. Specifically, they must take the time to inspect the equipment on their vehicles, including all lighting systems, to ensure that the equipment is in working order at all times. Drivers also have a duty to request the necessary repairs in a timely manner if the equipment on their vehicles is not working properly. When truck drivers do not take these necessary and important actions, they significantly increase their risks of causing or contributing to a serious motor vehicle accident. 

When an injured accident victim can demonstrate that a truck accident occurred due to an equipment defect, at The Law Firm of David C. Chavez, LLC we will assist you to determine who is at fault so we can protect your best interest in determining who the potential defendants in any claim or lawsuit, as well as the trucking company or other parties. 

Contact a Knowledgeable an Experienced New Mexico Truck Accident Attorney Today at The Law Firm of David C. Chavez (505) 865-9696 For a Free Consultation

If you have been injured in a truck accident that was caused by an equipment defect, The Law Firm of David C. Chavez, LLC (505) 865-9696 is ready to help you. We will file the appropriate claim for monetary compensation and damages against the negligent truck driver and any/all other potentially responsible parties for the injuries sustained in the collision. 

For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a New Mexico truck accident lawyer, please call The Law Firm of David C. Chavez, LLC at 505-865-9696 or contact us online today. We would be honored to represent you or a loved one.

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