Truck and Trailer Defect Attorneys Representing Injured People
When reviewing the latest truck and trailer recalls, it reinforces the need to investigate whether manufactural defects have played a role in any truck injury case. The Chicago trucking accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers routinely monitor recalls to gain a deeper understanding of the many ways in which equipment may fail and impact the ability of truck drivers to maintain control of their vehicles and avoid accidents. Just as car companies are required to, trucking manufacturers are required to issue recalls when there is sufficient evidence to suggest that a product poses a significant threat of causing people harm.
Examples of Recent Truck Recalls Which May Result in Personal Injury to Drivers or Other Motorists
Here are some of the recent truck and trailer recalls, including information on what caused the devices to fail:
- Daimler recalled its Western Star 4900 model trucks produced between 2007 and 2009 when a defect was discovered in combustion tube welds that could result in the trucks catching fire.
- Mack Trucks produced between 2008 and 2011 were recalled due to a defect in the trailer hitch assembly. Trailers could separate from the semi-tractor while on the road due to the failure of bolts that hold the assembly together.
- The Caterpillar C15 engines used in the production of Kenworth’s C500, T2000, T600, T660 and Peterbilt’s 387 and 388 models produced between 2007 and 2011 were recalled due to defective combustion tube welds. As in the Daimler recall mentioned above, the defects posed a risk of truck fires due to overheating.
- 16,384 Mitsubishi Fuso trucks were recalled when it was discovered that air intake duct rubber cushions used on the trucks could fall off of the vehicles and become hazardous to other motorists. The affected models were the FE83D, FE84D, FE85D and FG84D.
- Paccar recalled its Kenworth T800 and W900 models and its Peterbilt 357, 365, 367, 378, 379, 384, 385, 386, 388 and 389 models because a defective pivot pin made the hitch assemblies detach from the trailers, causing them to break free of the semi-tractors pulling them.
- Daimler recalled 62,000 trucks produced between 2005 and 2007 due to a fuel line defect that could cause the vehicles to explode when fuel leaked from the lines onto the hot surface of the engines. A permanent solution is still in the works and drivers are expected to inspect their vehicles regularly for signs of fuel leakage.
- 1,043 various Kenworth trucks were recalled over a defect in the control valves of the emergency brake system. Due to possible air leaks caused by this defect, the brakes could become useless in the event of an emergency.
These are only some examples of the types of recalls that truck manufacturers issue on a regular basis and our Chicago truck injury lawyers often represent clients who were harmed due to defects that never received attention or due to the failure of truck companies to replace defective components that had been recalled.
Product Liability Claims Against Truck Manufacturers
In addition to evaluating the role of a driver or employer in a truck accident, it is important to examine whether the manufacturer produced components that were unsafe or failed when needed. The law protects consumers by requiring all manufacturers to provide compensation to those who are injured by their products, regardless of whether negligence was a factor. Therefore, if equipment failure or poor design can be attributed to an accident, it is possible to involve the manufacturer in the lawsuit. It is not uncommon to seek damages from more than one party and determining the extent of each party’s liability can be a complicated process.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has successfully taken on large truck companies and manufacturers when representing the victims of accidents involving large commercial vehicles. Thousands of clients have trusted our legal expertise and experience and we will do whatever it takes to ensure that you recover every bit of compensation to which you are entitled under Illinois’s laws. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and we will let you know more about the services we provide, your legal options and how we can provide you the greatest chance of a successful recovery.
Our Chicago trucking accident attorneys operate solely on a contingency basis, which allows us to represent our clients regardless of their financial situation. You will never be required to provide us with an upfront payment and we will connect you with the medical professionals most qualified to help you focus on your physical recovery while we handle everything else for you. If we are unable to recover compensation for you, our services will not cost you anything at all.