Vehicle Defects Cause Your Car Crash?
Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer Explains Liability
When you purchase a vehicle, you expect it to be safe to operate as well as protect you in the event of a car crash. However, manufacturing and/or design defects can result in a car or truck that is unsafe. Some car defects may actually cause car accidents, while others may contribute to serious, potentially fatal, injuries in the event of a collision. In some cases, the defects may even be directly related to features designed to enhance safety within the vehicle. If a defect is widespread, then the auto manufacturer may issue a vehicle recall. Still, a recall prevents future accidents. It does not compensate victims of past crashes or their families. If car defects caused your debilitating injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death, then you may be able to hold the vehicle and/or parts manufacturer responsible for your damages.
However, after a motor vehicle accident, it may not be apparent that an auto defect was to blame. Often, the cause of a crash is not ascertainable until a qualified auto accident lawyer investigates the collision and finds either a defective car part or other negligence. The attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. have extensive experience handling auto defect cases, so we know how to find the facts. We work with experts in engineering, automobile design, crashworthiness and other fields, who help us prepare our cases. In one auto defect case, our lawyers represented a client who suffered a severe spinal cord injury, causing quadriplegia, as a result of a seatbelt defect. In this lawsuit, our legal team obtained a landmark verdict of $55.3 million, the largest award in a car defect case in Pennsylvania.
Common Auto Part and Vehicle Design Defects
Almost any vehicle or vehicle component can be defective, endangering the driver, passengers and others on the road. Some of the most common car defects are as follows:
- Defective vehicle. Sometimes, a car’s overall design may be inherently dangerous. Usually, these kinds of defects eventually result in a vehicle recall. Common accidents and injuries that may result from a defective car include:
- Defective car parts. Even if the vehicle itself is well designed, any of the individual parts may contain defects because of manufacturer negligence. Some of the most common examples include:
Who is Liable for Different Types of Car Defects?
Car defects are almost always the result of negligence on the part of the automaker or manufacturer. Therefore, when an auto defect causes a serious or deadly car crash, victims can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the company that is to blame. The possible parties who may be liable for auto defect injuries include:
- Vehicle manufacturer. The company that produces and distributes cars can be to blame for defects in the car’s overall design. Additionally, these companies must perform extensive safety and crashworthiness tests to ensure that a car will protect occupants as much as possible at all times. When a company neglects these safety measures, serious and often fatal car crashes may result.
- Parts manufacturer. Often, different companies manufacture different components of a single vehicle. For example, a defective airbag may cause or contribute to your car accident injuries. If so, then you may be able to collect compensation from the company responsible for building and/or testing the airbag. In many cases, you may be able to name both the car company and the parts manufacturer in your personal injury lawsuit.
Suspect a Defect Caused Your Car Crash? Call a Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer Today
Unless you learn of a vehicle recall for your car, you may not suspect that defects might be to blame for your car accident. However, an auto accident attorney from our law firm can investigate your crash with the help of automotive experts. If we discover a defect, then we can assist you in recovering the compensation you deserve from the at-fault company. In the event that we discover an alternate accident cause, we can explain your legal options.
Contact us today to speak with an experienced auto defect lawyer in Philadelphia or Cherry Hill, New Jersey. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis — you do not pay us unless we get results for you.