According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 2.3 million injuries occurred due to motor vehicle accidents in 2014 alone. While negligent or reckless drivers often cause traffic collisions, accidents can happen for a variety of other reasons, as well. One lesser-recognized cause of many accidents is defective auto parts.
Defective Auto Parts can Cause Collisions and Injuries
Cars are made up of many different parts on which a motorist relies for both effectiveness and safety. When certain parts of the vehicle are defective, they may malfunction while the car is in motion and may easily cause a driver to lose control. This can result in serious single-car crashes or collisions with other vehicles on the road. Some examples of defective car parts that can lead to accidents and serious injuries include:
- Brake systems
- Steering systems
- Tires and wheels
Who is Liable for Accidents Caused by Defective Products?
Like any other type of product manufacturer, auto corporations have the legal responsibility to make and sell car parts that are safe for use and free of defects. These parts should be correctly designed and assembled to protect consumers while they are driving their vehicles and in the event of a crash. As soon as an auto manufacturer learns of a potential defect, it should report the defect to NHTSA and issue a product recall to repair or replace that part in any affected vehicles. Unfortunately, many companies delay in issuing product recalls and consumers are not properly notified of possible defects until it is too late and devastating injuries have already occurred.
When a manufacturer sells a defective product and it causes injuries, that company should be held liable for the losses of all victims. Victims can seek compensation from the company by filing a products liability claim in civil court. In many cases, a products liability case can involve many different people who sustained injuries as a result of the same defect.
Discuss a Possible Case with a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney for Free Today
Personal injury cases involving defective auto parts can be very complicated and large auto manufacturers have many resources available to fight against legal claims filed by consumers. However, Attorney Michael Siddons understands how to effectively handle products liability claims and help injured victims receive the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured in Pennsylvania, Maryland, or New Jersey, please call 609-285-3999 for a free consultation with the Law Office Of Michael Alan Siddons today.