When a car accident occurs, it is almost always assumed that one of the drivers involved in the collision was at-fault. Indeed, if you’ve been involved in a car accident and you were operating your vehicle safely and responsibly at the time of a collision, you no doubt assume that the other driver involved must be to blame. However, car accidents are not always the fault of the drivers involved; in some cases, the manufacturer of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle part may be responsible.
Our Los Angeles manufacturer liability car accident lawyers at the office of El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers can work with you to help you to understand product liability laws and how to bring a claim against a vehicle manufacturer when appropriate. Reach us today for your free, no-obligation consultation.
Types of Auto Defects that Can Lead to Accidents
There are various potential automobile defects that can either contribute to an accident, cause an accident, or cause or contribute to more serious injuries. These defects include, but are not limited to:
- Defective ignitions and starters;
- Steering defects;
- Seatbelt defects;
- Tire defects;
- Defective brakes;
- Design flaws (i.e. vehicles that are designed to be top-heavy);
- Fuel system defects;
- Vehicle control/computer defects;
- Safety glass defects; and
Who’s Liable for Harm Caused by a Defect?
The list of potential defects above makes it easy to see how a defect could cause or contribute to an injury. For example, if airbags are defective and do not deploy, a victim in a crash may suffer serious harm that they would not have incurred had the airbags worked properly. Or, a tire with defective tread may split, leading to a tire blowout and a roll-over collision that never would have happened if not for the defect.
When a defective automobile or auto part is the cause of an accident, the auto manufacturer can be held liable. In addition to the auto or auto part manufacturer, other parties who may be held liable include anyone along the chain of distribution, such as a car dealership, an auto repair shop, or a shipper of the parts if one of the party’s negligent actions caused the defect, or if the party knew of the defect yet distributed the auto (part) regardless.
How Our Los Angeles Manufacturer Liability Lawyers Can Help
It can be extremely difficult to prove that a vehicle defect was the cause of a collision or injuries. In order to do so, a thorough investigation is necessary, and the investigation will likely require the opinions of various experts, including accident reconstruction and vehicle design experts. Our law firm will not only organize and oversee this investigation but also use any evidence obtained in a compelling manner to prove manufacturer liability. We will aggressively negotiate for a fair settlement, and won’t back down in the face of litigation.
Reach Our Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation
You should never be harmed as a result of a product that is designed to get you to and from safely. If you are, you deserve to be compensated. To learn more about products liability cases and how to start yours, please call our Los Angeles car accident lawyers today and schedule your free consultation.