Motorists depending on automakers to produce safe, reliable vehicles. Drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and many others are at risk of serious injury if an auto part or system fails on the road. If you have suffered an car accident caused by a defective automotive part, you may be able to pursue a product liability lawsuit separate from any personal injury claims you may file against another driver.
Types of Auto Defects
Automobiles are complex machines composed of many parts that must function properly to keep the car running. Common auto defects include:
- Defective seat belts
- Faulty locks, which can trap people inside a vehicle or expel them from the vehicle
- Airbags that fail to deploy or deploy when not needed
- Gas tank explosion or fire
- Stuck accelerator or sudden acceleration
- Brake malfunction
- Tire blowout or tread separation
- Steering system failure
- Seat back failure
Many of these features are put in place to keep drivers and passengers safe in the event of an accident. When they fail, however, they can cause devastating, sometimes fatal injuries, including burns, amputation, paralysis, or brain trauma.
If a defect is discovered, auto manufacturers have a responsibility to notify consumers of the hazard. When a vehicle recall is issued, customers may be provided with repairs free of charge, monetary compensation for damages, or other remedy. For some, however, the recall may come too late, as defects are often discovered after accidents have occurred.
When an accident occurs, it can be difficult to determine the exact cause. Much of the evidence in an auto collision is destroyed by the force of the impact or fire. The types of injuries sustained and the severity of those injuries can provide valuable insight into how the accident occurred. It is important to thoroughly document any medical diagnoses or treatments that come out of the accident, as well as any police reports from the scene as the evidence may help to prove your case.
Strict Liability for Injuries
In a product liability suit, the auto manufacturer and seller can be held liable for any injuries resulting from a defect in the product, regardless of any safety precautions they have taken. While there are some circumstances that may limit the liability of an auto manufacturer or seller, such as bankruptcy, in most cases the victim (or the victim’s family, in a wrongful death case) has the right to bring a suit against the company or companies responsible. These suits are vital in holding companies accountable for the safety of their products and encouraging them to prioritize the safety of their customers and others on the road.
In some cases, there may be other parties liable for accidents caused by auto defects. Some vehicles have an inherent design flaw that can cause them to malfunction in unpredictable ways. Parts can also be damaged during the vehicle’s assembly, or may be assembled incorrectly. An experienced product liability lawyer can help determine who is responsible for accidents that occur as a result of auto defects and pursue an aggressive legal strategy to hold them accountable.
Pennsylvania Product Liability Lawyers at Williams Cedar Provide Competent, Comprehensive Representation for Victims of Auto Defects
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident involving an auto defect, call our product liability lawyers at Williams Cedar. It can be difficult to know where to begin and who is liable for your injuries. Our knowledgeable, experienced lawyers will thoroughly review the facts of your case and examine your legal options to ensure you get the compensation to which you are entitled. With offices conveniently located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey we help injured victims nationwide. Call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online for a free consultation.