Accidents Caused By Defective Truck Equipment

If you do not act quickly after a truck accident, a key piece of evidence can literally drive away. That evidence is the tractor-trailer, which may contain defective brakes or other equipment that can help prove negligence on the part of the trucking company or the manufacturer.

At Christina Rivenbark & Associates, our truck accident investigation lawyers understand how to collect and preserve evidence of liability in accidents involving 18-wheelers. We represent truck accident victims in Wilmington and other communities in North Carolina. For a free consultation, please call 910-338-9813.

Mechanical Defects May Be Causes Of Truck Accidents

Examples of truck equipment that may fail and cause an accident include:

  • Fuel systems
  • Brakes
  • Tires, such as retreads that are susceptible to tire tread separations
  • Lights, including headlights, brakes, signal and markers
  • The steering system
  • Underride bars

The Department of Transportation requires trucking companies to perform regular maintenance on interstate trucks and to keep records to prove the work was done. If those records are missing, the trucking company may be liable. In addition, truck drivers are required to perform walkaround inspections at the start of the day and after every stop to ensure that safety equipment is in working order.

If defective truck equipment causes an accident, both the trucking company and the manufacturer or distributor of the equipment may be liable.

Contact A Wilmington Truck Accident Attorney

Our attorneys have decades of experience helping the victims of negligent trucking companies. For a free initial consultation with a Wilmington defective truck equipment attorney, call 910-338-9813.