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Posted by Rawa Law Group APC on 08/02/2017

When a Product Liability Claim Involves Defective Vehicles

When a Product Liability Claim Involves Defective Vehicles

We all know that, when you are injured in a car accident, you can bring a suit against the negligent party. This makes it easy to file against somebody who was driving negligently and not paying attention to the roadways through an auto injury attorney Chino Hills. However, what do you do when that negligent party just so happens to be a vehicle manufacturer? Yes, every year information is sent to drivers that their vehicle may be part of a recall or have specific defects. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen before this information is discovered. The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the authority to issue vehicle safety standards and push manufacturers to recall vehicles when they have been found to be defective in some way. You may be surprised to find that, ever since they were given this authority, over 390 million cars and other vehicles have been recalled for the purpose of correcting safety defects.

Recalls become necessary when a motor vehicle or a piece of equipment on a motor vehicle comes back as “defective.” Minimum performance requirements are set for each piece of a vehicle to prevent serious injury and death in any situation. Many of these defects are found to pose a risk to motor vehicle safety and come in groups, so they could affect a large group of people. Some of the most common defects include steering components that break, fuel system component issues, accelerator controls that stick or wheels that crack and break.

What Happens if I Was Affected by a Defect?

If your vehicle had a defect and you were injured because of it, the car’s manufacturer could very well be found liable for your injuries. This means that, in most cases, you can bring a suit against the manufacturer to pay for your damages. You may wonder if you should bring your case against an auto-dealership since this is where you purchased your car. The truth is, those at an auto-dealership may not have been responsible for the defects in the design of the car, but they may still be found liable. This is because they were involved in the “chain of distribution” and had control of the vehicle at one point or another.

When you have been injured by a defective vehicle, you must learn to preserve all evidence to support your claim if you wish to seek damages. This includes taking pictures and videos of the car and the accident scene as well as keeping track of what happens to your vehicle after the accident. You should never get your car repaired until you have hired an attorney to help you with your case. Your vehicle should always be inspected for defects before you do anything else with it. 

You may find that bringing a lawsuit against a manufacturer is very similar to other lawsuits of its kind. As a plaintiff, if somebody else was at fault for your accident, you are entitled to any damages that you suffered as a result of the defects. These damages may include those that are compensatory as well as future medical expenses and past medical expenses. You may also receive special damages, which are those that are solely connected to the defendant’s conduct, such as future lost wages and caretaker expenses. If you have been involved in an accident and need our help, give us a call today. At RAWA Law Group, we can help you with any car accident case.

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