Truck Equipment Failure and How to Assign Responsibility

Recently on the I-25, a large truck went out of control and crossed the median. Fortunately, the accident didn’t result in tragedy; had there been other vehicles in the vicinity, there would have been a strong possibility of death or serious injury.

According to local news reports, the truck had been hauling enormous cargo, the base of a wind tower, when it apparently suffered an equipment failure. Although all of the details of the accident remain unknown at this point, it’s worth considering the kinds of equipment failure that could contribute to a truck accident.

What can ‘truck equipment failure’ mean?

There are different kinds of failure, both with the vehicle itself and with the cargo it’s carrying, that could contribute to an accident. These include the following:

  • The cargo may be improperly loaded, spilling onto the road or toppling over. In the way that it’s distributed on or in the trailer, the cargo may also make the truck more unsteady.
  • The trailer itself maybe hitched improperly to the truck, and swing loose or break off entirely.
  • The cargo containers may not be sealed or held in place securely, causing additional damage on the road in the event of an accident.
  • The equipment failure may lie with the truck itself, ranging from a brake defect to worn out tires.

Who is responsible?

Colorado Springs truck accident attorneys can help you figure out who is responsible for a truck accident in which equipment failure is a contributing factor. For instance, whose responsibility was it to load up the truck properly? If the trailer broke loose, we can ask if it was manufactured poorly or secured improperly; maybe it was old or broken and should have been replaced during routine maintenance.

It may not be easy to determine the exact cause of an accident. For example, a mechanical or structural problem with the truck or its cargo could be exacerbated by irresponsible driving behavior.

Be sure to contact us to discuss your case. You deserve an accounting of what happened, and if you’re struggling with injuries or property damage in the aftermath, you also need to fight for adequate compensation and insurance coverage.