Car manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their manufactured auto parts function well and are safe to use. However, sometimes safety concerns arise after the manufacturing process is over or after the vehicle goes on the market. Each year, millions of cars are recalled because of manufacturing defects that can cause serious or fatal car accidents.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident as a result of a car defect, you can claim compensation for your injuries. In addition, you can file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the car with the help of a car accident attorney.
Common car defects that can cause an accident include:
- Airbags that fail to deploy: Regardless of whether the accident you are involved in was caused by you or someone else, the airbags should deploy. If the airbags fail to do so, your injuries can be much more serious.
- Airbags that deploy at the wrong time: If your airbags deploy when you suffer a small tap or without there being any impact at all, it can cause you to have an accident.
- Airbags that deploy too fast or with too much force: Airbags are meant to cushion the impact of a car accident. However, if they deploy with too much force, your injuries may be more serious.
- Seatbelts that unbuckle during an accident: Seatbelts are one of the most fundamental components of vehicle safety equipment. If a seatbelt unbuckles during an accident, a person can suffer fatal injuries.
- Seatbelts that fail or break during an accident: A seatbelt that breaks in an accident does not give you any protection and may lead to serious injuries.
- Weak car roofs: Virtually all cars and trucks are required by modern safety standards to provide roll bars for rollover protection. If the roof collapses during a rollover crash, the people inside the car can be seriously injured or killed.
- Faulty electric systems: Vehicle fires caused by electrical system defects can be fatal.
- Brake failure: Brake failure due to a manufacturing defect can result in serious car accidents.
- Power steering failure: Although you may still be able to control the vehicle after losing power steering, the sudden change in the amount of force required to do so may be very surprising and lead to an accident.
- Tire failure: Tire explosions are often the cause of losing control of a vehicle and can lead to an accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by an auto defect, it is important that you preserve all the evidence that can support your claim. Take pictures of the car and the accident scene. Do not get the car repaired until you hire an attorney. If possible, store the vehicle until your attorney can investigate and inspect the vehicle for defects.
Hire a Car Accident Attorney
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident caused by an auto defect, contact the Dervishi Law Group, P.C. Our car accident lawyers have handled thousands of car accident cases and have consistently achieved exceptional results for our clients. Call 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.