Defects Involving SUV and Pick-up Truck Trailer Hitches

Defective trailer hitches can easily fail on the road, resulting in devastating accidents involving other motorists. A sudden break or disengagement may cause the trailer to run into other vehicles on the road, causing incredibly dangerous, sudden collisions. Those injured in these accidents may be left with serious injuries and a need for emergency medical care.

Our lawyers at Yearout & Traylor, P.C., understand that recovering from a truck accident in Birmingham can be a long, difficult process; however, it should be stressed that when accidents are caused by defective trailer hitches, the manufacturers of those hitches may be held responsible for the losses and injuries sustained in the accident. This can allow victims of such accidents to get much-needed compensation and justice.

Defects as Causes of Trailer Hitch Accidents

A mechanical malfunction in a trailer hitch can lead to very serious failures that may culminate in the trailer becoming free and colliding with another motorist on the road as a result. The following trailer hitch defects may cause these dangerous accidents:

  • The materials the hitch was manufactured with were substandard, causing breaks in the mechanism
  • The design of the hitch lock was flawed
  • The support chains were faulty or unable to support the force of a lock disengaging
  • The lock doesn’t properly secure to the towing vehicle’s ball

When a defective trailer hitch malfunctions, it may put other motorists at risk of developing severe injuries, such as bone fractures and brain injuries.

Learn More about Defective Trailer Hitches and Accidents

If you’ve sustained an injury on the road because of a defective trailer hitch, our legal team at Yearout & Traylor, P.C., may be able to help you begin the process of filing a personal injury claim against the liable manufacturer. If successful, you may be able to win financial coverage for your medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs, and even your lost wages. For more information about your legal options after an injury on the road, call 205.414.8160.