Dangerous Products Often injure Professional Truck Drivers
Professional truck drivers work with and around heavy machinery daily, including their tractor-trailers. Equipment and machinery not properly designed or manufactured can seriously injure or even kill truckers. If you or a loved one has been injured due to dangerous products, you may be able to seek compensation from the party responsible.
Under product liability laws, manufacturers are strictly liable for any injuries caused by their defective products. This means that if an injury happens due to a defect in design, manufacturing process, or warnings and instructions provided with the product, then the manufacturer may be held liable for the damages.
As trucker personal injury attorneys, we have heard about dangerous products that injure and kill truck drivers daily, with nearly 50 years of experience in product liability suits. These include:
Highway accidents are often caused by dangerous or defective products and equipment that contribute to the injury or death of truckers. These include defective truck seats, seat belts, airbags, cab roofs that crash during roll-overs, tire blowouts, post-collision fires, and lack of crashworthiness.
Professional truckers often work around heavy equipment such as forklifts, cranes, and front loaders at terminals, docks, warehouses, and other pickup and delivery locations. Manufacture and design defects of this equipment can injure or even kill truckers and others working with and around the equipment.
Dangerous Pharmaceuticals and Defective Medical Devices
Any medical treatment involves some risk, but sometimes pharmaceutical companies or medical device manufacturers know that their products are more dangerous than they seem but fail to warn doctors and consumers. Truckers are no different than other patients – these hazardous pharmaceuticals and medical devices can injure them.
What Are the Three Types of Product Defects That Incur Product Liability?
Product defects that lead to liability can be classified into three main categories. Each type represents a different way a product can fail to meet safety standards, potentially causing harm to consumers. Here are the three types of defects:
- Design defects,
- Manufacturing defects, and
- Marketing defects
Design defects occur when a product is inherently dangerous due to its design, irrespective of how well it is manufactured. This means that even when made correctly according to the design specifications, the product still poses a risk to users.
Manufacturing defects, on the other hand, occur during the production process. This can include errors in assembly, use of poor-quality materials, or deviation from the original design specifications. These defects are not intended as part of the product but result from errors or negligence in the manufacturing process.
Lastly, marketing defects involve failures in how a product is marketed, such as inadequate safety warnings, insufficient instructions, or misleading advertising. If consumers are not adequately informed about a product’s potential risks or correct usage, the manufacturer may be held liable for any resulting injuries.
Have You Encountered a Dangerous or Defective Product?
Potentially dangerous products surround truckers. Big companies sometimes hurriedly release new products into the market without properly designing, manufacturing, and testing them to ensure they are safe for users. In many cases, the dangerous product may have harmed many other consumers.
The incentive to hurriedly release new products into the market is clear: profit. However, the legal system holds companies accountable for selling dangerous products to ensure they don’t put profits over safety.
If a dangerous or defective product has injured you, contact our experienced and knowledgeable product liability lawyers. We have decades of experience fighting aggressively on behalf of our clients to get them the compensation they deserve. You don’t have to suffer in silence – let us fight for you. Contact us today to get started.
Dangerous Product Liability Lawyers for Truckers
If a dangerous product has injured you or a family member, you need to talk with a trucker personal injury attorney experienced in investigating and aggressively handling product liability lawsuits. Call, email, or contact us online at no obligation or cost for more information on how we can help you pursue product liability claims and receive compensation.