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Holding the appropriate person, company, or entity responsible for accidents caused by defective vehicles can be complicated and often requires the assistance of a qualified attorney who has experience handling these types of claims.
In these cases, the responsible party may be some combination of auto manufacturers, repair shops, or other corporations, and the legal process for recovering compensation from these parties is no easy battle. We will use our extensive knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.
Auto Defect Lawsuits: The Basics
A basic part of an auto defect case boils down to the following: what makes a car part defective?
Essentially, a defective auto product fails to execute the task it was designed for. There are basically no limits as to why an auto part can become defective, including:
- A defective design that makes them prone to breaking
- A poor design that makes them fail during assembly
- An auto part is poorly built or manufactured
Your auto defect attorney will have to prove that the part is defective in order to prove your case. To ensure this, it’s paramount that the vehicle or part is preserved for a thorough inspection by qualified experts. While it may seem practical to fix the part or swap out the car, that would destroy the integrity of your case.
In an auto defect lawsuit, the vehicle is the most important piece of evidence. And in order to prove one of these claims against the manufacturer, your attorney must prove that:
- The auto part was defective
- The defective part caused the accident and injuries
- That you suffered harm as a direct result of the auto defect
Common Auto Defect Issues
There are dozens of recalled vehicles and auto parts in the United States every year. In most cases, recalls are issued because a particular vehicle or product poses a safety risk to the general public.
Common examples of auto defects that typically result in serious, life-threatening injuries include:
- Brake Failure
- Airbag Malfunction
- Seat Belt Unlatching
- Door Latch Failure
- Exploding Gas Tanks
- Faulty Pedals
- Malfunctioning Warning Systems
- Poorly-Designed Tires & Wheels
There is no telling or predicting which vehicles or products may eventually be determined to be unsafe for motorists, which is why it is important for companies to properly communicate potential issues and recalls to consumers in a timely manner. Auto makers should be held responsible for any injuries or death which is the result of a motor vehicle defect. Vehicle manufacturers must produce safe cars and trucks that are free from defects that can injure driver or passengers.
Airbag Failure Statistics
- General Motors (GM) recalled a record 48 million vehicles in 2014 due to a variety of defective parts and products.
- 1997 was the worst year for airbag-related deaths and injuries when 53 people died including 31 children.
- Airbags have killed 264 people since NHTSA became keeping a record of the deaths and injuries.
Call For A Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to a defective vehicle or product, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney immediately to learn more about your legal rights. Hiring an attorney can improve the chances of a successful resolution to your personal injury claim and help you protect yourself against the many mistakes that often destroy injury cases.
Our award-winning legal team is here to help you better understand your legal rights and review your defective vehicle accident case for free. Call our office in Seattle at (206) 727-4000 or use the confidential contact form on this page to have your case reviewed by our team of attorneys.