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Tow-Hitch Defects trucks accidents attorneys in California

The trailer hitch is the primary connection component in a towing system attaching a trailer to the towing vehicle. When a hitch is defective, it usually results in a load being lost and disaster for all other drivers on the road.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) notes that safety chains are required for travel trailers, but are not required for fifth-wheel trailers. Many fifth-wheel trailers on commercial trucks are regulated under Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 393.70.

California Tow-Hitch Defect Truck Accident Attorney

Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a truck accident in California caused by a tow-hitch defect? It will be important that you find an attorney quickly so they can conduct an independent investigation of your crash.

The May Firm can come to your hospital room or home on request. We will discuss your rights with you when you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.

Causes of Tow-Hitch Defect Accidents

CFR § 393.70(c)(4) provides that a full trailer must be equipped with a tow-bar and a means of attaching the tow-bar to the towing and towed vehicles, and the tow-bar and the means of attaching it must be provided with a locking device that prevents accidental separation of the towed and towing vehicles. The mounting of the trailer hitch on the towing vehicle must include reinforcement or bracing of the frame sufficient to produce strength and rigidity of the frame to prevent its undue distortion.

Under CFR § 393.70(d)(6), every full trailer and every converter dolly used to convert a semitrailer to a full trailer must be coupled to the frame, or an extension of the frame, of the motor vehicle which tows it with one or more safety devices to prevent the towed vehicle from breaking loose in the event the tow-bar fails or becomes disconnected. If the towed vehicle is a converter dolly with a solid tongue and without a hinged tow-bar or other swivel between the fifth wheel mounting and the attachment point of the tongue eye or other hitch device, the device can be attached to the converter dolly at any point to the rear of the attachment point of the tongue eye or other hitch device.

Common causes of trailer hitch accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Defective design of hitch
  • Manufacturing defect
  • Failure to adequately maintain or inspect a trailer and hitch
  • Excess loads
  • Improperly sized safety chains
  • Failure of safety chains
  • Locking mechanism failure
  • Improperly attached emergency trailer brake cable

Numerous parties could be liable in these types of cases. Truck owners could be liable in some cases, but parts manufacturers, maintenance companies, and other parties could be held responsible.

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Types of Tow-Hitch Defect Accident Injuries

When a truck driver loses a trailer, they are powerless to control how that trailer maneuvers. A free-wheeling trailer can cause significant wreckage, but the truck it became separated from can be involved in a crash of its own.

Either type of accident is very likely to result in serious injuries. Examples of the injuries people might suffer include, but are not limited to:

  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Sprains

If a trailer hitch defect causes an accident leading to a person’s death, then that individual’s family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent parties.

Contact a Tow-Hitch Defect Truck Accident Lawyer in California

If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a truck accident in California caused by a trailer hitch defect, take legal representation very seriously. You will be much more likely recover what you need and deserve by working with an experienced attorney.

The May Firm has a record of success that includes multiple seven-figure verdicts and settlements. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online right now to set up a free consultation.

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