When a consumer buys or leases a motor vehicle they automatically assume that the product is safe. Consumers expect that auto manufacturers will thoroughly inspect their products before they leave the factory. Sadly, this is not always the case with some companies.
Each year, numerous motor vehicle accidents in the United States are caused by malfunctioning auto parts. These defective parts can injure drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Sometimes when a police officer comes to an accident scene he/she will attribute the collision to the at-fault driver, rather than looking into other factors that may have caused the crash, such as a defective car. It’s imperative for an accident victim to have their claim reviewed by an experienced attorney. A seasoned attorney will be able to review the facts of the accident and determine if a malfunctioning part caused the crash, rather than human error.
When an accident victim files a legal claim against a car manufacturer, they generally have to prove the following:
- The malfunctioning part or vehicle was “unreasonably dangerous”
- The driver operated the vehicle as it was intended
- The performance of the vehicle had not changed since it was purchased
If you or a loved one was injured in a vehicle crash due to a defective car part, you may have legal and financial recourse. Contact a car accident lawyer today to explore your legal options.
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Defective Auto Parts
In some instances, it may be only a single product that was defective and it was not caught before it left the manufacturer’s plant. When only a few vehicles have defects, the problem may not be noticed for a long period of time. In other cases, thousands of products may have life-threatening defects, prompting a recall from the manufacturer.
Occasionally, injuries that are caused by a wide spread defect may result in a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer. It is not uncommon for car accidents to be caused by the following auto parts:
- Defective brakes
- Exploding airbags
- Malfunctioning engines
- Steering systems
- Defective tires
- Door latches
- Fuel systems
- Faulty design
- Unexpected acceleration
If you believe that your car accident injury was caused by a defective auto part, fill out the Free Case Reviewform on this page to receive a legal consultation.
Contact a Georgia Car Accident Lawyer
Auto manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their vehicles and products are safe for consumers to use before they enter the marketplace. The auto accident attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm believe that car manufacturers should be held accountable for the harm that their products cause.
If you or a family member was injured in a vehicle crash because of a defective part, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. Contact The Eichholz Law Firm today to learn more about the legal rights afforded to accident victims.
To receive a free case evaluation, fill out the contact form on this page.