Sometimes, the responsibility for a vehicular accident extends beyond the drivers. Although driver carelessness or error might still play a role, other parties might also affect the course of events.
A recent article in the local news discusses a fatal accident that took place two years ago. It involved a cement truck owned by a Nashville company and resulted in the death of a 33-year-old man.
Why has an accident from two years ago shown up in the news now? As it turns out, a co-founder of the company stated that some people in the company had known about a dangerous problem with the brakes in the cement trucks. Instead of trying to fix the problem, they had allegedly covered it up.
In order to save money and save face, companies might try to cut corners or downplay problems, even at the expense of people’s safety. When it comes to vehicular accidents, these problems include the following:
- Malfunctioning brakes and steering system.
- Flawed seat restraints, including child seats.
- Defective tires.
- Vehicular components that are dangerously prone to fire, including problems with the electrical system.
- Malfunctioning airbags.
- Vehicular components that hold cargo in place are too fragile and break.
It’s possible that multiple parties are at fault for a particular act of negligence, including both the manufacturer of the vehicular components and the company that knowingly allowed employees to use defective vehicles.
When you consult Nashville injury lawyers after a crash, be sure to mention if you suspect negligence on the part of a company. Your lawyers can help you investigate the possibility of it, as in many situations there are denials and cover-ups.
Even when negligence doesn’t result in death, it can lead to injuries with a lifelong impact and possible years of recovery. Don’t hesitate to contact us for legal advocacy.