Commercial Truck Tow Hitch Defects
A defective tow hitch on a large truck can break loose and leave a disaster in its wake. If you’ve been injured by a runaway trailer, the attorneys at Isaacs & Isaacs sympathize and understand the consequences it can have on its innocent victims. Call our offices in Kentucky, Ohio or Indiana if you have been injured and we can help. Our phone lines at 800-800-8888 are open 24/7 for your convenience.
When you’ve been injured by a truck with a defective tow hitch, it is important to call an attorney right away. The reasons include:
- The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit starts when your accident happens
- Witnesses can forget details or change addresses
- Evidence can be lost or just disappear
Runaway Trailers Due to Hitch Defects
In 2014, a semitrailer plowed into two unsuspecting commuters on a snowy Ohio hill when the driver’s trailer hitch came loose and resulted in the deaths of both drivers of the other vehicles. Almost two years later, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration admitted that the hitch connecting the tractor and trailer may have been defective. The same company had issued a service bulletin in 2012 that resulted in the recall of 2,400 hitches used by companies such as Kenworth, Freightliner, Mack and Volvo. The hitch implicated in the 2014 Ohio accident was recalled by the manufacturer in 2015, affecting 6,800 tractor-trailers.
Responsibility for Hitch Defects
Those who are victims of an accident due to a runaway trailer with a defective hitch assembly may be able to seek compensation from the product manufacturer. Manufacturers have the responsibility to produce safe and effective products. When those products fail, the manufacturer has failed in its responsibilities.
The law firm of Isaacs & Isaacs has experienced attorneys who know how to investigate the causes of an accident and work tirelessly to get you the compensation you need. If you have been injured in an accident with a large truck, call soon to have your questions answered and your case reviewed to see how we may help you.