Not all truck accidents are caused by the misconduct of a driver. Sometimes it is the vehicle itself that it the problem – faulty brakes, for example. Products liability law is designed to compensate people who are injured by a defective product, including vehicle components. You don’t have to own the product to recover for an injury it causes you.
In Chicago, products liability claims are based on Illinois products liability law. A products liability claim can be asserted against a manufacturer or distributor of a defective product – basically, anyone in the product’s chain of distribution. To win, you must show that the product was defective and unreasonably dangerous, and that the defect caused you injury. A design defect is one of the three types of defects that can trigger liability under products liability law. If you suspect a design defect in a vehicle component, you can proceed under either a negligence or a strict liability theory of liability. Strict liability is generally preferable.
Here at Malman Law, we have been practicing personal injury law all day, every day, for nearly a quarter of a century – including many, many truck accident and product liability cases. In that time we have served over 15,000 personal injury clients, enough to populate a small town.
“Two years ago, I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet.” – Malman Law Client
The following are some examples of truck accident claims that we frequently handle:
Causation is one of the four elements of a personal injury claim. Even if you were injured by a defective product, you can still lose your claim if you cannot establish that the product’s defect is what actually caused your injury.
There a number of possible defenses, which may or may not be applicable depending on the facts of your case. Below are a few of them:
There are too many to count. Some of the most common include:
When you win almost all of your cases like we do, you don’t worry too much about the few that you lose. If you don’t win your claim, you won’t be receiving a legal bill from us – our services will be free of charge. Since we charge no upfront fees, we’re not talking about a refund. We mean that you will never owe us anything in the first place. That’s Malman Law’s Zero Fee Guarantee.
2 years ago I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet
NOAH TAFFELPersonal Injury Victim