Commercial trucks are complicated vehicles. The steering mechanisms and brakes in 18-wheelers and other commercial motor vehicles are far more intricate than in passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, this means there are more parts within a truck where something can go wrong. If a system or piece of equipment fails, there is more likely to be a serious accident.
If you were injured in a truck equipment malfunction accident, contact our Wisconsin personal injury lawyers at Studinski Law, LLC right away. We are here to help you figure out what happened and who is responsible. Our priority will always be to protect your rights, advance your interests, and seek the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. Call us today at (715) 343-2850.
Common Truck Equipment Malfunction
In commercial trucks, some of the most common equipment malfunctions include:
- Steering equipment
- Turn signals
- Trailer components
- Cargo restrains
Why Does Truck Equipment Malfunction?
Equipment malfunctions usually occur because the trucker and trucking company did not properly train, inspect, report, and fix problematic equipment. . More specifically, some of the reasons equipment malfunctions happen are:
- Improper maintenance
- A design defect
- Manufacturing errors
- Broken straps or tarps
Determining the Cause of an Equipment Malfunction
One of the difficulties associated with a truck equipment malfunction is that when it causes an accident, you may not realize it right away. When a system or piece of equipment fails and leads to a crash, it is not always apparent to the untrained eye. It often takes an in-depth investigation to discover what really went wrong, and this information is vital to moving forward with your personal injury claim.
Because you will need to conduct a time-sensitive independent investigation into the trucking accident that hurt you, call us at Studinski Law, LLC today. You may not know where to begin to figure out what happened. We do. We are here to preserve evidence, work with investigators, and hire our own experts to determine the underlying cause of the crash. Once we know that a part, system, or other piece of equipment malfunctioned, we can figure out why and who is liable.
Liability for a Truck Equipment Malfunction
The party liable for compensating you for your injuries after a truck equipment malfunction accident depends on the specific facts of your case such as why the part or system failed and who should have been responsible for ensuring it did not fail. If our investigation uncovers that there was an equipment malfunction because of improper maintenance, we may look to the trucking company or its maintenance provider for compensation. If the failure was because of a design or manufacturing defect, we may look to the manufacturer or assembler of that part or vehicle. If a piece of equipment stopped working because of overloading, which is a common issue for truck brakes, then we will hold the trucking company or loader responsible.
Truck accident claims can be difficult because the potentially responsible parties may be a person or business you have never heard of. It may be a party that seems entirely removed from the crash. That is why it is essential to work with experienced trucking accident lawyers at Studinski Law, LLC.
Personal Injury Compensation
After being injured in a trucking accident, you likely wonder how much your claim is worth. After all, you have mounting medical bills, have lost out on wages, and are in a great deal of pain. Since someone else caused the accident, that person or their employer is likely responsible for your compensation.
You can seek compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Wage loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of society and companionship
- Property damage, when applicable
While your economic injuries like your lost wages and medical expenses will be based on objective evidence, your noneconomic injuries like pain and suffering may be more subjective in nature. The overall value of your claim depends on a number of factors including the type and extent of your injuries and the lasting effects these injuries will have on your life.
Let Our Wisconsin Truck Accident Attorneys Help You
If you were injured in a collision with a commercial truck, contact us at Studinski Law, LLC as soon as you can. For the best chance of success, you should begin working on your claim immediately, including seeking to preserve evidence, investigating the cause of the crash, and notifying a relevant insurer of a forthcoming claim. Unfortunately, while you are concentrating on getting the medical care you need and recovering, you may not have the time or energy to dive into your case as necessary. That is why partnering with our truck accident attorneys gives you the best chance of success. We will take on the administrative and legal burdens of your case so you can focus on getting better while we fight for your right to compensation.
Call us today at (715) 343-2850 to schedule a time to discuss your case.