While many car accidents are caused by driver negligence, some crashes are caused due to vehicle defects. When there is an at-fault driver responsible for causing a crash, you would pursue a claim against the insurance policy for that driver. What about crashes caused by a car defect? If you have suffered an injury in a crash that was caused because something about your vehicle was defective, know that you do have legal options for recovering compensation from the liable party.
Car defects can be extremely dangers. If there is a faulty part or something else wrong with the vehicle, the results can be devastating. In some cases, the manufacturer of the vehicle may have failed to design a vehicle that was safe. In other cases, the manufacturer may have used a defective part in building the car. Some of the more common manufacturing defects that can result in vehicle crashes include:
- Brake defects
- Airbags failure to properly discharge
- Tire blowouts
- Improperly functioning safety belts
- Computer defects
- Poor fuel system design
- Poor roof designs
- Flawed roof designs
If a defect in a vehicle part or vehicle design results in a vehicle crash, there are several legal theories under which the accident vehicle may pursue monetary recovery. For instance, using a strict liability theory, the accident victim, or plaintiff, would need to show that the vehicle design or the vehicle part was defective. The victim would also need to show that the defect was the cause of his or her damages.
The victim of an accident caused by a vehicle defect may also try to recover compensation pursuant to a breach of warranty. Some vehicle manufacturers provide express warranties or guarantees of vehicle performance. If they failed to deliver on these promises, they can be held liable for causing your injuries and must compensate you accordingly. A vehicle manufacturer may also be held responsible even if they did not make any express warranties or guarantees of vehicle performance. In some instances, there are minimum standards a product must meet. If a manufacturer failed to produce a product that met these standards, they could be held financially responsible for causing the accident that resulted in your injuries.
If the negligence of another caused an accident that resulted in you sustaining injuries and other losses, they should be held accountable for the damage they have caused. Sometimes it is an individual, another driver, who is responsible for causing an accident. Other times, as is the case with defective car parts, a company is responsible for causing an accident. Automobile and car part manufacturers owe drivers a duty to produce safe and effective products. We literally put our lives in their hands. If they fail in this duty, the results can be serious accidents with severe injuries for those involved.
If you have sustained injuries due to a car defect, we are here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys will take on those big companies to make sure our clients receive the monetary compensation to which they are legally entitled. Contact us today.