When a truck’s hitch fails on the road, the loose trailer can cause extremely destructive accidents. Without a secure connection to the towing truck or SUV, these trailers can crash into an oncoming vehicle, causing other motorists who are involved to sustain severe injuries.
In order to prevent such accidents from occurring, the manufacturer responsible for creating these should make sure to design and produce hitches that are safe and not prone to malfunctioning. As such, when a truck defect such as this causes a person to be harmed, the manufacturers may be held accountable for their subpar products.
Accidents Caused by Defective Truck Hitches
A defective pick-up truck and SUV hitches can cause accidents that may leave other motorists on the road with severe injuries if they collide with a loose trailer. These accidents may be caused by the following hitch defects, which are considered the responsibility of the hitch’s manufacturer:
- Defective hitch locks that don’t properly connect the hitch and ball
- Use of substandard materials during manufacturing, leading to unexpected breaks on the road
- Poor hitch design
- Weak support chains, unable to support even regular road stresses
If a motorist is injured in a truck accident because of these defects, the manufacturer of the hitch may be held financially accountable for their dangerous product. In fact, the injured motorist may be eligible to pursue compensation for medical bills, out-of-pocket costs, and even lost wages during recovery.
Learn More about Truck Defects
If you’ve sustained an injury in a truck accident that was caused by a defective truck hitch, you may be entitled to fight for fair compensation from the responsible manufacturer. To learn more about how to pursue a strict liability claim after you’ve been injured in such an accident in McAllen, speak with an attorney from Patino Law Firm, today by calling 956-631-3535.