Las Vegas Truck Defect Lawyer

Representing the Victims of Truck Equipment Defects

Due to their size and weight, large commercial trucks can be incredibly dangerous if they are not properly manufactured or maintained. Accordingly, commercial trucks are subject to stringent safety requirements regarding their manufacture and maintenance, and trucking companies and truck manufacturers can be held liable for any accidents, injuries, and deaths caused by truck defects.

For more than 30 years, Las Vegas truck accident attorney Robert M. Apple has been committed to helping the victims of all types of commercial trucking accidents obtain full and fair financial recovery. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a truck accident that involved an equipment defect, contact our office at (702) 646-0085 to schedule a free consultation with our Las Vegas truck accident lawyer.

Common Types of Truck Defects

Truck defects occur in a number of ways, and happen for a number of different reasons, but some of the most common types of truck defects include:

  • Braking system defects
  • Tire blowouts and other defects
  • Electrical system failure
  • Engine failure
  • Tire defects
  • Poorly designed suspension systems
  • Transmission failure

Claims against Truck Manufacturers

When a truck defect causes or exacerbates a trucking accident, liability may be assessed against the manufacturer of the truck or the defective equipment, as well as a number of other parties, under the theory of product liability. Theories of product liability include:

  • Negligence, which occurs when the defendant knew or should have known of the vehicle’s defect, but failed to take the appropriate steps to protect the public.
  • Strict liability, which holds manufacturers liable, in some cases, for injuries and damages caused by dangerous and defective vehicles, regardless of whether they knew or should have known that the vehicle was unsafe. In order for a plaintiff to recover under the theory of strict liability, he or she must prove that an unreasonably dangerous condition or defect existed in the product at the time the vehicle left the manufacturer’s control. Strict liability generally applies to all products, but it may not extend to resellers of used products in certain situations.
  • Breach of warranty, which applies when the manufacturer fails to comply with a written or implied warranty that the vehicle will be safe and free from defects.

Claims against Truckers and Trucking Companies

In some truck accidents, an equipment defect may be just one of the causes of the accident or it might exacerbate the accident. For instance, a commercial trucking accident could involve a truck defect, as well as truck driver fatigue or the failure to properly maintain the truck. Truck drivers, like all motorists, have an obligation to be cautious drivers, obey the rules of the road, and take appropriate safety precautions to prevent accidents, but they are also subject to additional laws and regulations, such as hour of service regulations. Additionally, trucking companies may be held liable for trucking accidents caused by their drivers or due to improperly maintained vehicles.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Because there is often more than one responsible party in truck defect accident, it is important to consult with an attorney who understands complex multiple liability issues. The Las Vegas trucking accident lawyers at Robert M. Apple & Associates have focused on representing the victims of commercial trucking accidents for more than three decades. As a result, we have the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to handle complex liability issues that often arise in lawsuits involving truck defects.

If you have been injured or a loved one died as a result of a truck defect, do not hesitate to contact Robert M. Apple & Associates at (702) 646-0085 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about a possible personal injury, wrongful death, or product liability lawsuit.