Accidents involving tractor-trailers and other large trucks are often caused by the negligence of truck drivers and/or the trucking companies that employ or dispatch them. They may also be caused by truck defects, including defects in the hitches that hold semi-trailers to cabs. A fatal accident that occurred in January 2014, when a semi-trailer came loose from a truck cab and collided with two vehicles behind it, was initially attributed to the truck driver’s negligence in securing the hitch. In June 2015, however, after reports of a high percentage of malfunctions with the same type of hitch had been received, authorities began to investigate the possibility that a defect in the hitch, itself, was a cause of the accident.

Defective trucks have the potential to cause serious injury or death to motorists. If you have been injured or one of your family members has died as a result of a truck accident caused by a defective truck, The Trucking Injury Firm can help you obtain the compensation to which you and your family are entitled.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Truck Accidents Caused by Defective Trucks?

Since the January 2014 accident, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received multiple complaints about separations of other semi-trailers from truck cabs secured by “Ultra LT” hitches manufactured by Fontaine Fifth Wheel, of Trussville, Alabama. Though Fontaine has been reported to have offered to replace the hitches, as many as 6,000 trucks outfitted with these hitches may still be in use. Can Fontaine be held legally responsible for deaths or injuries caused by defects in their hitches?

Products-liability law provides a remedy for injuries or deaths caused by certain types of product defects, including defects in trucks and other motor vehicles. If a truck or truck component—such as a trailer hitch—is found to contain a defect in its design, manufacture, or warnings, the manufacturer and others involved in the truck component’s production and distribution may be held strictly liable (i.e., without proof of negligence on the part of any of these defendants) for injuries or deaths determined to have been caused by the component defect. Thus, if the Ultra LT hitches are found to be defective in their design or to have been manufactured with inferior materials, for example, Fontaine, its suppliers and distributors, and others in the chain of the hitches’ production and distribution may be held strictly liable for injuries proven to have been caused by the defective hitches.

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The Trucking Injury Firm’s national team of truck-accident lawyers has helped people throughout the country obtain the compensation they deserve for preventable injuries and deaths caused by truck accidents. If you have been injured or one of your family members has died in a truck accident anywhere in the country, The Trucking Injury Firm can help you achieve justice from the parties responsible for your injuries or loved one’s death.