Birmingham Attorneys for Truck Accidents Caused by Defective Parts
Truck accidents caused by defective truck parts can cause serious injuries to other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. If you’ve been injured in this type of truck accident, you can pursue compensation for your injuries and hold the responsible parties accountable. Contact us immediately.
When someone is injured, they can be thrown into a sea of financial and emotional turmoil. Obtaining medical treatment for your injuries is expensive, and even more so if your injuries require long-term medical care. While you’re recovering from your injuries, you might not be able to work to earn your usual income.
At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, our attorneys have represented clients in personal injury claims and lawsuits after someone injured them. We believe that injured parties need dedicated, compassionate advocates who will aggressively fight to help them recover their losses. We place the needs of our clients first. You can focus on getting the care you need for your injuries and your recovery, while we work tirelessly to do our best to win your case.
Call our Birmingham truck accident attorneys right away at (205) 324-1212 to schedule a free consultation so we can discuss your case and legal options moving forward.
The Danger of Defective Parts on Trucks
When we drive our vehicles, we trust that they are in good condition to get us to where we need to go safely. Because of how demanding the trucking industry is and the risk that trucks can pose to others if they’re involved in a collision, trucking companies have to take extra steps to ensure the safety of their commercial vehicles. Trucking companies are supposed to conduct frequent inspections of their fleet of vehicles and ensure that they’re properly maintained and free from manufacturing defects.
If a truck has a defective part that is integral to its proper and safe operation, it could lead to a malfunction while the truck driver is operating the vehicle. This malfunction, especially if the truck driver doesn’t know about it, can cause a serious truck accident. For example, a defective part that compromises the truck’s brake system or steering could very likely cause an accident if the system fails while the vehicle is being driven.
Proving Negligence in a Truck Accident Caused by Defective Parts
If a trucking company has an inspection done on its vehicles and is informed of a mechanical issue caused by a defective part that needs to be replaced, the trucking company is obligated to have that issue repaired before the vehicle goes back into operation.
If the trucking company chooses not to repair the defective part, then they could be liable for the accident and the injuries you suffered. Alternately, the manufacturer of the defective part could be liable for the accident under product liability laws.
It’s important to determine which company is responsible for the defective part that caused the accident because you have to prove that, ultimately, that company’s negligence caused your accident-related injuries. You have to show that the responsible party’s actions caused you to sustain injuries, and the responsible party should have known that their actions could inflict harm on someone. Despite all of this, they still acted in a way that was harmful.
When you hire Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP to represent you in your pursuit of compensation for your injuries, we’ll conduct a thorough investigation of the truck accident. We’ll gather evidence from the trucking company and their inspection, maintenance, and repair records. That will help us hone in on whether the trucking company, manufacturer or another party may be liable for the defective part that caused the accident that led to your injuries.
Should I Hire an Accident Attorney?
You may think that getting compensation for your injuries is as simple as filing paperwork for your claim with the insurance company for the trucking company that employs the truck driver who injured you. But the process can be much more complicated than that. After you file your personal injury claim, the insurance company will try to take advantage of your inexperience in handling your claim. This is something that they’re experts in doing. Their agents have tactics that they can use when they speak with you to get you to admit to some level of blame for the accident.
In Alabama, a person who was injured in an accident cannot be compensated if they were even one percent to blame for the accident. This is one reason you need a lawyer. Your lawyer can talk to the insurance company on your behalf and prevent an inadvertent statement you make from barring you from being compensated.
When you try to take on this process by yourself, you’re unaware of these tactics. Even if the insurance company offers you money, because you’re not represented by an attorney, you may not know that your claim is worth much more than their settlement offer. A truck accident attorney from Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP will evaluate your claim and will determine the fair, and total value of your case. Because you deserve to be compensated for your accident-related losses, we’ll fight to get the insurance company to pay the maximum value of both your financial and emotional losses.
Further, the insurance company may not agree to compensate you or might only offer you low-ball settlements. If that happens, you can file a lawsuit against the liable party to try to obtain an award in court for compensation. Anyone can file a lawsuit. But representing yourself in court during a trial is an incredibly tall order for someone who’s trying to recover from their injuries and doesn’t have an in-depth understanding of Alabama tort or personal injury law.
This is what we at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP do day in and day out. We can use our years of experience and the knowledge we’ve acquired to litigate your case and work towards the most beneficial outcome for you.
Contact Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP Today
Call us today at (205) 324-1212, or contact us online to talk with a skilled truck accident attorney in Birmingham if you’ve been injured in a truck accident that was caused by defective truck parts. The responsible parties may have to compensate you for your injuries, and we can help you pursue that compensation. Contact us to schedule a free consultation right now.