Fort Smith Mechanical Defect/Malfunction Attorneys
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident caused by a mechanical defect or malfunction, you may be entitled to compensation. Truck accidents caused by a mechanical defect or malfunction can be as unpredictable as they are dangerous. Sadly, in many cases, accident victims are left to deal with life-changing injury and staggering debt as a result of these accidents. If you were injured in an accident caused by a mechanical defect or malfunction, our firm can help you take legal action against the responsible party, both as a means of pursuing compensation and of helping to prevent accidents like yours from befalling others.
At McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm, our Fort Smith mechanical defect/malfunction attorneys understand that this is likely to be a difficult time for you and your family right now. We can help you work through each and every step of the coming legal process as our legal team fights on your behalf to pursue fair compensation for your injuries. We have the experience and the resources to take on any truck accident claim associated with the following defects and malfunctions. Call McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm today at (479) 783-0036 to schedule a consultation about your truck mechanical defect/malfunction accident.
Why You Need A Lawyer
Because commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, truck accidents can be catastrophic. Medical bills may be piling up and you may be out of work. Meanwhile, you still do not know the exact cause of the accident.
After this kind of traumatic event, it will be almost impossible for you to investigate the accident on your own. You need expert legal representation to handle all the aspects of the accident investigation and to apply every legal avenue available to help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
The truck mechanical defect accidents attorneys at McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm have almost 30 years of experience investigating truck mechanical defect/malfunction accidents. They have the expertise to determine much your case is worth, to determine what parties were negligent, and, therefore, liable, in your truck mechanical defect/malfunction accident, and they can make sure all filing deadlines are met.
In some truck mechanical defect/malfunction accidents, several parties, including the truck manufacturer, the trucking company, the truck driver, or the truck maintenance provider, may be at fault for your accident. A knowledgeable truck mechanical defect/malfunction accident lawyer has a vast network of resources as well as expert knowledge of the law to get to the bottom of your individual case. They will fight in secure the best possible outcome so that justice is served and you are properly compensated.
Why Choose Us?
Here at McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm, we have been fighting for our clients for more than 27 years in the Fort Smith area. That means that thousands of people have come through our doors and left with justice served. That’s because we have an intelligent and passionate legal team that knows how to win.
Joey McCutchen, who has degrees from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) and Harvard University, has a proven track record as one of Fort Smith’s top lawyers. Not only did he win one of the largest malpractice cases in Sebastian County, but he also won one of the largest automobile accident cases in county history. More recently, McCutchen received the prestigious Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Merit Award in 2013. But beyond being a great attorney, McCutchen has been an important part of the community, speaking to elementary school students about the importance of internet and neighborhood safety.
Whether it is through our community involvement or through excellent legal representation, McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm is here for our Fort Smith community. No matter how complicated the case may seem, we will be on your side from day one. In fact, we even have our own Client Bill of Rights because we believe that our clients have a right to honest, straightforward, fair legal representation. If you’d like to find out for yourself, read a few testimonials from previous clients.
Contact us today at (479) 783-0036 to schedule a consultation about your truck mechanical defect/malfunction accident case.
Trucking companies and their drivers need to regularly inspect and maintain their trucks to ensure their braking systems are functional. Despite the federal and state safety regulations that require trucking companies to maintain detailed maintenance records of their vehicles, the fact remains that some companies and truckers are negligent in their duty to uphold those regulations. When they do fail, and a malfunction in the brake system causes an accident as a result, the responsible party can be held accountable for their negligence.
Insufficient Underride Protection
In order to prevent vehicles from becoming lodged underneath them, commercial trucks must be equipped with underride guards. When properly utilized, underride protection can make up for the discrepancy in the clearance between the top of a car’s hood and the bottom of a truck’s trailer. There are a number of commercial trucks with insufficient underride protection that are on the road today despite the fact that this regulation has been in effect since 1996.
There is little that trucking companies can do to prevent accidents that are caused by defective tires other than to ensure that their tires have not been subject to recall. Trucking companies are not likely to share liability for accidents caused by a tire defect, unless, of course, they fail to comply with a recall. Rather, it will be whichever company that is responsible for the design or manufacturing defect that may be held responsible for the accident. Our legal team has the experience and resources to take on any company, regardless of how large they may be.
Truckers and trucking companies alike must take special care to ensure that trailers are properly attached and properly loaded before they take to the road. If the trailer is not properly attached to the semi, it is possible that it will not react the way it is supposed to when the driver uses his or her signals or in the execution of a turn. Under other circumstances, it is possible that the trailer may even become detached. However, even if the trailer is properly connected and fully functional, improper loading or overloading may cause the trailer to malfunction and cause an accident.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do we get paid?
Fortunately, the answer is straightforward. Personal injury lawyers at McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm are paid based on contingency fees, which means that we receive a percentage of a case’s settlement or award. That means that we only get paid if you win or settle your case.
How much is my case worth?
Unfortunately, it is difficult to estimate how much your claim is worth without discussing the specific details of your individual case. That is because there are many variables that affect how much you may receive in compensation for an accident. For example, it may depend on who is found at fault and on how bad your injuries are as a result of the accident. Regardless of the amount, however, you can have confidence that our attorneys will work diligently to secure the highest possible settlement and the best possible outcome.
How long do I have to file a claim?
From the date of your accident or the date that someone died in your truck mechanical defect/malfunction accident, you have up to three years to file a claim in Arkansas. This legal deadline is called a statute of limitations, which depends on which state you were injured. In some unique cases where you do not find out that you are injured until after the accident, the statute of limitations clock may start upon the discovery of your injuries, not on the date of the accident itself.
Consult with a Mechanical Defect/Malfunction Attorney in Fort Smith
If you or someone you love was injured in a trucking accident that was caused by a mechanical defect or malfunction, you should reach out to an attorney to discuss what legal action you may be able to pursue against the responsible party. At McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm, our Fort Smith mechanical defect/malfunction attorneys have the experience and the resources you will need to take on the company found to be responsible for the defect or malfunction that caused your accident. To speak with one of our lawyers about the particulars of your claim, please call our offices at (479) 783-0036 today.