Like other large, multi-axle trucks, car haulers present a hazard to other drivers and smaller vehicles on the road. But trucks that carry many automobiles and light trucks (sometimes called mobile parking lots) also present unique hazards when loading and unloading the vehicles.
Workers who drive the cars onto and off of the car haulers must climb more than 10 feet off the ground with narrow walkways and no fall protection safety equipment. Many injuries and deaths have been reported regarding workers who have fallen off of car haulers while loading and unloading vehicles. Efforts by safety regulators to require safety measures have been resisted by lobbyists for the manufacturers and industry managers in the USA, while in other countries such common sense safety devices are mandatory.
The injury data compiled and analyzed over decades indicates that the ratchet and chain tie down system is defective and unreasonably dangerous. In a recent trial, the jury awarded nearly $1.5 million for injuries related to use of the ratchet and chain system. If you have been injured while using one of these ratchets and chains, contact us.
The St. Louis personal injury lawyers at Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, LLC represent clients injured due to the negligence or carelessness of others, including manufacturers and owners of large trucks and car haulers. Presenting a case for damages incurred under unique or unusual circumstances is not simple. It takes experienced trial attorneys to determine legal duties and causation when there is no statute, regulation, or case law directly on point. That is why we focus our practice on cases involving serious injuries that occur on roads, rivers, and rails. Our attorneys participate in bar association committees and other professional education so that we stay up-to-date with the most recent developments in the law.
If you or a family member has been injured while loading or unloading vehicles from a car hauler, call (800) 917-1529 or contact Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, LLC online to schedule an appointment and discuss your case.
We offer free initial consultations and contingent fee agreements so you owe no attorney fees or costs unless and until we recover compensation for you.
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