Throughout our day-to-day lives, we trust companies to design and manufacture safe, consumer-friendly products. Most of the time, because of the regulations that govern product safety and the consequences of manufacturing an unsafe product, this trust is reasonable.
However, there are times when companies discount the safety of consumers to increase their profits. Redesigning or recalling a product can be expensive, so they avoid doing so at all costs – at the risk of their customers’ safety and well-being.
While any product can be defective, from medications to packaged food, the focus of this article is defective car parts. We’re going to take a closer look at how these defects cause injury, the types of injuries we most often see with defective vehicles, and how our determine liability for a vehicle defect injury.
Make no mistake, product liability claims are usually filed against large corporations with deep pockets. These companies will do whatever they can to fight a defective product claim, hiring expensive lawyers who will argue that the accident was your fault.
At Patrick Daniel Law, our mission is to hold these companies accountable for their negligent actions while fighting for injured victims’ rights in and around Houston, all of Texas, and throughout the country. If you were due to a vehicle defect, contact us today for a free consultation.
How Do Defective Vehicles Cause Injury?
Defective vehicles can lead to injury in several ways, from causing you to lose control of your vehicle to deploying airbags improperly. For example, Honda recently paid out for its part in a defective airbag case that cost the lives of 14 people while injuring hundreds more.
According to the , other examples of defects include:
- Steering components that break suddenly
- Wheels that crack or break
- Problems with fuel system components
- Poorly designed windshield wiper assemblies
- Wiring system problems
- Seats that fail unexpectedly
- Car jacks that may collapse
Any of these defects can lead to serious injuries. If a defect is discovered, they have a duty to inform consumers and immediately recall the vehicles. Unfortunately, companies don’t always do the right thing, choosing instead to allow these defects to continue putting their customers’ safety and lives in danger.
Common Injuries Caused by Defective Vehicles
Accidents caused by defective car parts can lead to all types of injuries. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the most common:
In any motor vehicle accident, especially those that occur at high speeds, the risk of a is high. If, for example, an accelerator sticks and you are unable to slow down, causing you to collide with a barrier, it could lead to a forceful impact to your head that may result in a brain injury.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Similar to brain injuries, high-speed accidents can also cause severe trauma to your spinal cord. Defects to a vehicle’s safety components – such as the seat belt – may also make injuries to your spine more severe than they otherwise would have been.
are most common when there are problems with a fuel system. While this might not be the cause of the accident, a poorly designed fuel system may fail after a collision and cause leaking fuel to ignite, which can result in serious burn injuries.
are always traumatic for accident victims, though accidents that cause amputation don’t only happen while the vehicle is in motion. For example, a defective car jack or lift could cause an amputation injury while you are working on the vehicle.
Who Is Liable for a Defective Vehicle Injury?
The manufacturing of vehicles is a complex business. Most vehicle parts are not made by the vehicles’ manufacturers but by other parts manufacturers that supply the primary manufacturer. Because of this, determining who is liable for an accident requires a thorough investigation.
Our first need to determine what caused the defect. There are two main categories for defects: design errors and manufacturing errors. With design errors, the defect was caused by the way the product was designed. It was faulty from the very beginning. On the other hand, with manufacturing errors, the design of the part may have been sound, but it wasn’t manufactured properly.
Once we establish the nature of the defect – often by enlisting the help of manufacturing experts – it will give us a better sense of who was at fault for it. We may discover that the vehicle defect was caused somewhere along the supply chain, meaning a shipper, car dealership, or supply shop could be held liable for the accident and subsequent damages.
Contact Our Auto Injury Attorneys Today
Due to the complexity of product liability claims, along with the fact that you will be facing corporations that are willing to spend millions of dollars to protect their name and reputation, we urge all defective car part accident victims to work with an experienced attorney who can fight for their rights. At Patrick Daniel Law, our attorneys are strategic, meticulous, and merciless in pursuing fair compensation on behalf of clients who have been injured by defective vehicles.
Please call Patrick Daniel Law at today for a free case review. Our lawyers serve clients in Houston, all of Texas, and nationwide.
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