A semi-trucks are massive vehicles designed to haul heavy cargo over long distances. Because of this, they are subject to much more wear and tear than passenger cars, especially when the truck is towing a trailer. If a critical part or system in a semi-truck fails at the wrong time, or if the part is defective, there may be nothing a truck driver can do to prevent a crash. And because of how much bigger trucks are than most other cars on South Carolina roads, they can cause massive devastation if they collide with another vehicle.
If you have been involved in a South Carolina truck accident caused by a mechanical defect or malfunction, contact Evans Moore, LLC immediately. Our South Carolina truck accident attorneys have been working together for more than ten years, and in that time, we have recovered more than $100 million in awards and settlements for our clients. We have also earned national recognition for our efforts, including being named to the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 list by the American Society of Legal Advocates. We will aggressively defend your rights and work to see that you are fairly compensated for your physical, emotional, and financial injuries from a truck accident. For a free consultation, call us or reach out to us online.
While mechanical defects and malfunctions can both have catastrophic consequences for semi-truck drivers and others on the road, it is essential to understand how they are different and how they happen. A mechanical defect means something is inherently wrong with how a truck part was designed or made. When a truck part is defective, it will not work correctly and is more likely to fail and cause an accident.
A mechanical malfunction happens when a part does not work as designed or experiences a sudden, catastrophic failure. Malfunctions are generally the result of wear and tear over time or a lack of proper maintenance. In some cases, though, a malfunction may result from a defect. Ultimately, a serious mechanical defect or malfunction can throw off a truck’s handling, cause the driver to be unable to stop or lead to other issues that can cause a crash.
Some of the most common mechanical malfunctions or defects that can cause a truck accident in South Carolina include:
Several parties may be liable for a truck accident caused by a mechanical defunct or malfunction, including:
A major mechanical malfunction or defect can cause a truck to careen out of control and hit other vehicles on the road, leading to significant injuries like:
A truck accident can lead to devastating physical injuries, severe psychological distress, and costly medical bills. With help from an experienced South Carolina truck accident lawyer, you may be able to demand compensation for:
The steps you take immediately after a truck accident can significantly impact the amount of compensation you recover later on. Here is what you need to do after the crash:
In most cases, you have three years from the date of a truck accident to file a lawsuit. If you wait too long to file a lawsuit, your case will be automatically dismissed, so make sure you speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
Truck drivers, parts manufacturers, and other parties could be held accountable when their negligence causes a mechanical defect or malfunction. If you have been injured in a truck crash caused by a defect or malfunction, call (843) 995-5000 or visit our contact page for a free consultation with one of our South Carolina truck accident attorneys.