At-Fault Car Manufacturer?
No matter how it happens or who’s at fault, there is no doubt that a car accident can be scary, and that when you’ve been injured, you deserve care and compassion. The next step though–recovering compensation for your car accident–can get tricky. This is especially true if there is more than one potentially liable party, as insurance adjusters may go back and forth over who’s really to blame.
At the law office of El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our Los Angeles car accident attorneys can help you to answer tough questions after a crash, such as how to know if your car manufacturer is partially liable.
WHEN CAR MANUFACTURERS ARE LIABLE
Typically, a car manufacturer can be held liable for damages that result from a car accident when the automobile in question had a design or manufacturing defect. A design defect refers to an inherent and dangerous flaw; a manufacturing defect means that the design was relatively safe, but something went wrong during the manufacturing process that led to a defect.
EXAMPLES OF DEFECTS THAT CAUSE COLLISIONS
There have been numerous cases of vehicles recalled because of defects that are potentially dangerous, or that have actually caused a collision or vehicle-occupant harm. Some examples of vehicle defects that could lead to a collision include:
- A vehicle being designed to be top-heavy, increasing the risk of rollover;
- Faulty ignition devices that lead to cars stalling while in operation;
- Defective brakes;
- Defective tire tread or other tire issues, which could lead to a tire blowout;
- Defective airbags, which either fail to deploy or otherwise cause an occupant harm (much like the recalled Takata airbags did);
- Defective seatbelts that do not properly protect occupants;
- Defective steering components that make a vehicle more difficult to control;
- Defects with fuel systems (or other vehicle components) that increase the risk of fire; and
- Wiring system defects that can affect driver control of a vehicle.
This list is not inclusive; the list of potential defects is extensive.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT REALLY CAUSED MY CRASH?
It can be extremely difficult to prove that an auto defect either a) caused a crash or b) led to more severe injuries than would have been sustained otherwise. In order to determine what really caused your accident and injuries, working with a skilled Los Angeles car accident lawyer who can investigate your crash is a must. Not only will an attorney work on the investigation themself, but can also hire experts, including vehicle part and design experts, accident reconstruction experts, and more to determine what happened.
CALL OUR LOS ANGELES CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
Being harmed due to a vehicle defect is unfair and unacceptable. For your free consultation with our experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys, please call our law office or send us a message. We have experience bringing claims against vehicle manufacturers, and will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve
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