Defective Truck Equipment

Accidents Caused by Defective Truck Equipment in Illinois

Many truck accidents in Illinois and Missouri are caused by truck equipment that is defective or is malfunctioning and has not been detected or properly repaired. Trucking companies have a responsibility to the public to provide proper inspections and maintenance of their semi trucks and trailers on a regular basis. When defective truck equipment causes serious accidents and injuries, these companies may be held accountable for the damage that results.

At the Belleville personal injury law firm of Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C., our attorneys understand how to investigate truck accidents in order to determine how they were caused and what actions or inaction may have led to those accidents. We look at maintenance logs kept by trucking companies and parts that are frequently faulty in order to examine every detail and piece of evidence that could provide important information.

For a free initial consultation to discuss your truck accident, contact us at Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C., and learn more about your rights and options to compensation.

Kinds of Defective Equipment in Truck Accidents

In truck accidents, there tend to be specific parts and areas of semi trucks that malfunction more often than others. Defective equipment that has been known to lead to truck accidents includes:

  • Tire blowouts and tread separation
  • Brake and brake pad failures
  • Steering system problems
  • Bad seals, hoses and belts
  • Malfunctioning lights, including signal and head lights

Of course, any piece of equipment that is not properly installed or maintained can cause an accident. Due to their size and speed, semi trucks involved in these accidents have the ability to cause severe injuries to the drivers and passengers of other vehicles. Proper maintenance can save significant physical and financial damage, but when this maintenance has not occurred, it is important that accident victims are compensated for their losses.

At Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C., we will work hard to uncover the details of your case and to secure compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering related to your accident. We also work with the families members of catastrophic and fatal truck accidents.

Contact our firm and schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers. Discuss your case and feel confident that you have an advocate on your side. Send us an e-mail or call us toll free to make an appointment at 618-234-2440.