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Tow Hitch Defect Attorney


Tow hitches allow people to tow many recreational trailers and possessions across the country on their vacations, or any time of the year. Many automotive vehicles today come with a tow hitch attached to the back of the car or truck. Other vehicles have to have the tow hitches added after the purchase of a vehicle.

These tow hitches are available in many different forms. The different types of tow hitches include:

  • Bumper hitch
  • Weight distribution hitch
  • 5th Wheel hitch
  • Front mount hitch
  • Rear receiver hitch
  • Gooseneck hitch
  • Pintle hitch
  • ATV hitch
  • RV hitch
  • Towing hitch
  • Ball mounts

Tow Hitches That Are Defective Can Cause Serious Injuries to the Driver of a Car or Truck

If a tow hitch is defective, it can cause the driver serious injuries. This is because a tow or trailer hitch is meant to pull heavy equipment or objects behind the car, truck or other type of motor vehicle. That being said, a tow hitch can pull many different types of:

  • Recreation vehicles
  • Horse trailers
  • Boat trailer
  • Landscape trailer
  • Enclosed trailer
  • Camper trailer
  • Car hauler
  • Utility trailer

The type of injuries that will be related to a defective tow hitch, will be consistent with injuries in a serious car accident. Because that is what will happen with a defective tow hitch – it is going to at some point cause a serious car crash. The injuries from a tow hitch defect can include:

  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Coma
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Death

If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a defective tow hitch, you need to call our office at the DTLA Law Group. We will be able to review your case, and discuss the opportunities to recoup your personal injury medical bills in a full settlement based on the merits of your case.

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Tow Hitches with a Defect May Drop the Trailer Being Towed Creating Accidents

Tow and trailer hitches are rated based on the class capacity of the item being towed. If a tow hitch is rated for a certain number of pounds or tons to pull, then that hitch needs to be in excellent working order. If there are defects at any part of the tow hitch, there will be a break in the hitch. This can cause the equipment or trailer being pulled or towed to snap off from the connection to the vehicle towing it.

A serious accident will occur at that point, as the driver will not always be aware that the tow hitch is defective and has lost its load on the road. When this does occur, the drivers who are following in traffic behind someone with a defective tow hitch can be seriously injured by runaway trailers from a broken tow hitch.

Tow Hitches Can Have Faulty Wiring Causing Serious Accidents

If a tow hitch has a defect, it may be noted in the wiring of the tow hitch. If the wiring harness is defective on a tow hitch, then the hitch may not work in proper order when in use. The tow hitch may be defective in any area, which can cause accidents later on when it is in use. A tow hitch may show a defect in the:

  • Fasteners
  • Components
  • Nuts
  • Bolts
  • Ball mount or specific mount for the hitch
  • Bumper brace
  • Studs
  • Existing holes in the hitch
  • Coupler
  • Safety chains
  • Trailer lights
  • Electric brakes
  • Break-away systems

Every time a defective tow hitch is used, if the driver does not know of the defect it is an accident waiting to happen. Accidents with tow hitches that hold a hidden defect are particularly scary and dangerous. This is because if a defective tow hitch gives way, it will release the full weight of the item being towed on the trailer. This situation will make it very dangerous for other cars on the road.

Tow Hitches Can Fail When the Defective Part Cannot Hold the Trailer Being Pulled

If a tow hitch is unable to keep attached to the vehicle because of a defective part, this will make for a serious obstacle and hazard on the roads. Other cars, trucks and drivers on the roads will be in grave danger, when a tow hitch comes loose because of a defect in the tow hitch.

A tow hitch with a defect is not going to be able to safely manage carrying and towing properly. This is a problem because the weight of the car or truck needs to be based on the tow hitch rating as well. There needs to be a gross combination weight rating or GCWR that allows the car or truck to tow limited weights safely. If there is a defect in the tow hitch, even if the owner of the car or truck tows safely for the weight of the vehicle and the towed trailer, there will be a serious accident on the horizon, on account of the defect of the tow hitch.

Capacity Weight Distribution of the Tow Hitch Might Expose Its Defect Sooner Than Later

The capacity weight distribution of the tow hitch can expose a defect. But the problem is that by then it is too late, as the trailer being pulled will already be attached by the tow hitch to the car or truck. It will have been “all systems go,” when there was actually a “No, don’t go!” situation brewing with a hidden tow hitch defect.

If the tow hitch defect releases the safety chains on the towed trailer, then there will be no way to prevent a serious accident in that case. In general, safety chains help set the trailer to the tow hitch, in order that the tongue of the trailer does not drop out into the road, upon separation from the hitch. If the tow hitch has a defective part and it does not allow the safety chains to be properly attached, there can be problems down the line in that case.

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We offer a zero-fee guarantee, and you can take advantage of this offer today. You can call our office and speak to a lawyer with expertise in a defective tow hitch personal injury claim.

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We are able to offer to you a free second opinion on a defective tow hitch case with personal injuries. All that you need to do to be eligible for this offer, is to call our legal team of experienced attorneys in Los Angeles. You will feel comfortable to be able to talk to a lawyer with a strong specialty in a defective tow hitch accident.

Can I Sue for a Defective Tow Hitch Accident?

Yes, we can sue if you have had a defective tow hitch that caused an accident on the roads. You may have even had a tow hitch that detached from a car that was in an accident or car crash with another series of cars. In any case, you can feel comfortable calling our Los Angeles case lawyers at the DTLA Law Group. We are here and can talk to you about your personal injuries. We can help you to file a lawsuit on your behalf. You will be in an advantageous position when you are connected to our case attorneys in Los Angeles, just call our legal team today.

Call for a Free Consultation

You can call our law office at the DTLA Law Group, for more information on initiating a lawsuit when you have experienced a defective tow hitch. Your call will be for a free consultation on your case, and we are ready to talk to you right now. Call today!1


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