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Mechanical Failure Truck Accident In Indiana
Large commercial trucks, such as semi-tractors, dump trucks and fuel tankers, routinely travel over Indiana’s roadways. Notably, federal regulations require truck drivers and truck owners to regularly inspect, repair and maintain those trucks. Additionally, these regulations state they must keep the trucks in “safe operating condition.” Unfortunately, whether they are trying to keep expenses down or are simply neglectful, sometimes the drivers and owners do not properly maintain or inspect their trucks. As a result, a mechanical failure truck accident can occur.
How Do You Know If A Mechanical Failure Truck Accident Happened?
Of course, there are several reasons why truck accidents occur in Indiana. Not only speeding and driver inattention cause truck accidents, but also driver fatigue and hazardous road conditions. In a mechanical failure truck accident, however, the existence of that failure may not be immediately apparent. After all, defects in the frame assembly, axles, wheels, tow hitch, steering or braking systems may not be readily detectable.
Consequently, that is why an experienced Indiana mechanical failure truck accident attorney can help you if you get into an accident with a truck.
In fact, an Indiana lawyer familiar with a mechanical failure truck accident knows that the trucking company is required to routinely inspect its fleet of trucks. In addition, the trucking company must properly maintain its trucks. As a result, your attorney can demand that the company turnover all inspection and maintenance records for the truck in question.
Moreover, your attorney will have an expert review those records. Futhermore, the expert will conduct an independent inspection of the truck.
Lastly, most commercial trucks have “black boxes” similar to an airplane. Therefore, your attorney can get the data on the black box downloaded. In the first place, the data on the box will show what the speed of the truck was before the accident. Likewise, the data will show whether and when the brakes were applied. Lastly, your attorney will learn if the truck was on cruise control at the time of the mechanical failure truck accident, among other information.
Does This Sound Like Your Accident?
A Honda Civic is travelling on a highway in Indiana. By and large traffic is fairly heavy but moving at the speed limit. There is a tractor-trailer behind the Honda Civic. Closely behind. Too closely.
Suddenly, the traffic ahead of the Honda Civic slows down quickly. The Honda driver is not sure why, but he immediately slams on the brakes. Fortunately, he avoids hitting any cars ahead of him. Unfortunately, the tractor-trailer rear-ends him. As a result, the collision sent him into the rear of the car in front of him.
Later, the driver of the tractor-trailer told the Honda driver he saw the traffic slow down but could not slow his big rig down to avoid the collision.
Who Can be Held Liable if You Are Injured in an Indiana Mechanical Failure Truck Accident?
To begin with, multiple parties can be held liable for injuries you receive in an Indiana mechanical failure truck accident:
For instance, if the truck driver failed to inspect his truck before leaving the truck yard, injured parties may sue the driver. Likewise, if he noticed something was wrong with the brakes, or the trailer hitch looked rusty and worn, and did no report it to his supervisor, injured parties can sue him if those conditions caused the accident
Owner of the truck
As another example, the truck owner is required to regularly inspect and maintain his trucks. Consequently, if he fails to do so, and mechanical failure causes a truck accident, injured parties can sue him and his company.
Manufacturer of the vehicle, tires, or other parts that were defective
Finally, if brakes failed because of defective parts, the persons injured in the truck accident can sue the manufacturer. Likewise, if a defective tire blew out, or a defective tow hitch failed, persons injured because of those failures can bring a claim against the manufacturer
As noted above, it will be important to get all the inspection and maintenance records to help determine what was the mechanical failure and what caused that failure to occur.
Experienced and Knowledgeable Indiana Mechanical Failure Truck Accident Lawyer
As can be seen, if a mechanical failure truck accident in Indiana injured you or a loved one, you need an experienced Indiana truck accident attorney. Furthermore, if a mechanical failure caused the accident, you will need an attorney familiar with mechanical failures in trucks. In particular, we are such attorneys. In the first place, we will gather the relevant maintenance and inspection records. Additionally, we will arrange for an examination of the truck. Similarly, we will investigate the accident and determine what the mechanical failure was. Lastly, we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us at our Hammond office at 219-200-2000 or online at alexmendozalaw.com for a free consultation.
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