Automotive Defect Attorney
Defective vehicles and parts often make accidents worse without the victims knowing about the manufacturing flaws. Some manufacturers are aware of the flaws and seek to conceal them. We represent automobile accident victims in vehicle defect lawsuits. Auto defects can include vehicle rollovers, seatbelts, ABS malfunction, airbags, window glazing, roof collapse, and tire blowouts.
Driver error isn’t the cause of all vehicle accidents. Automotive defects cause many people to be seriously injured or killed. Many of these accidents happen before the vehicle owners get a recall notice. If you believe an automotive defect caused injury to you or someone you love, contact an auto defect lawyer at the Willis Law Firm.
When you hire a car defect attorney, you get access to a variety of information, skills, and resources to assist you in determining who or what caused your collision. Beyond circumstances such as another driver, our attorneys can investigate the vehicle’s components. Whether you were involved in a single-car collision or a multi-vehicle collision, our experts can evaluate your vehicle to determine whether a faulty tire, braking system, airbag, seatbelt, or other component contributed to your injuries.
Was my accident caused by a flaw in my vehicle?
The following are signs that a defective vehicle or defective vehicle parts were a contributing role in a passenger vehicle collision or incident:
- airbags did not deploy or did not deploy promptly
- car seats and car seatbacks were not in their normal location or position
- doors, hatchbacks, or tailgates opened during the crash occupants were thrown from the vehicle during the crash
- a tire blew out, separated, or failed just before or during the crash
- a fire or explosion occurred during or immediately after the crash
- one of the vehicles involved in the accident had substantially more serious damage than the other
- the vehicle rolled over
- the steering wheel or airbag is twisted or malformed
- the vehicle roof is crushed, caved in, or collapsed
- The passenger compartment lost its integrity and did not effectively protect the car’s passengers
If you think an auto defect caused an injury, please preserve the vehicle. Experts should collect all evidence in an automotive defect case. So it is essential not to allow the automobile to be altered after an accident caused by an automotive defect.
What Are Some Examples Of Typical Auto Defects?
We often take for granted that our vehicle will have the proper safety features and structural integrity if we are ever in a car accident. But when those parts are defective, it leads to serious injury and even death.
The following are some of the most common, and in some cases, the deadliest auto defects.
Our ability to control a vehicle depends on the tires. Prematurely worn tires could cause an unexpected blowout that could lead to an accident. Tires can be declared defective in many ways. Some of these include a manufacturer that uses inferior materials, treading that is not properly made, and others.
Airbags, seatbelts, and fuel systems keep a person safe in a vehicle. But a faulty fuel system could cause a vehicle fire. Faulty wiring could also cause problems or fires if the car is involved in an accident. Airbags and seatbelts may not protect or deploy when needed. All of these situations cause serious injuries.
Almost everything in your vehicle is intended to keep you and other drivers safe. Seatbelts have been linked to the saving of thousands of lives each year, therefore they must function correctly and aren’t possibly faulty car parts. Defective seatbelt signs include unintentional unlatching, ripping, a poorly fitting shoulder harness, and other flaws that can result in significant harm.
Seatbacks with Defects
Defective seatbacks are frequently discovered in low to moderate speed incidents. Even at modest speeds, drivers and passengers have suffered substantial injuries because of these faulty car parts. Injuries received by passengers who may have become trapped beneath the seatback, ejection of people, and harm to other passengers who may have been impacted by defective seatbacks during a crash are just a few of the injuries caused by defective seatbacks.
Because of a large GM car recall caused by faulty ignitions, these defects have made more news in the last few years. A faulty ignition switch can deactivate airbags and power steering. In the GM cases, this resulted in the deaths of over 50 people. It is not your obligation to replace faulty car parts. Automakers are bound to a high standard while creating automotive parts and must be held accountable if these standards are not met. If you believe you are a victim of one of these faulty automotive parts, please contact us.
Another concern involving defective car parts is the faulty gearbox. This has been observed in false park scenarios when a motorist believed they were placing their car in park but it slid into reverse. This is incredibly dangerous for both pedestrians and drivers since it may lead your automobile back into someone else.
Poor Structural Integrity
When the vehicle’s exterior is not strong enough to handle the impact of an accident, the car could roll over and cause injuries and damage. If the door system fails, the doors could be activated during an accident and you could fall out of the vehicle during an accident. You could even experience issues with the driver’s seat and that could make it difficult to maintain control of the vehicle.
The worst time to discover your brakes are malfunctioning is when you need them. When this happens, major accidents are more likely to occur.
Steering Systems that Fail
A steering system failure may be just as dangerous as a brake failure. Again, these difficulties frequently appear without notice and result in serious or deadly crashes.
What Car Problems Aren’t Defects?
Some auto problems are not caused by defective parts. Some of those types of issues include:
- Rust on the body panel
- Air conditioning leaks
- Oil leaks
When are Auto Parts or Cars Recalled?
An auto part recall can be announced in several ways. If a defect is discovered, the manufacturer may self-disclose. More frequently the government issues a recall after customers or dealerships discover the problem and report it to them. People must be informed about their automobiles and the safety of their equipment as consumers. Recall notices should not be ignored.
The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act permits the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue automotive safety regulations. It requires manufacturers to recall auto parts and vehicles that are defective or fail to meet federal safety standards.
Consumers can search the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website to determine whether their vehicle or its parts has been subject to a recall.
How Can A Vehicle Owner Prove That Their Automobile Has A Defect?
If you believe a defect has caused an injury or death, do not repair or touch the car until experts inspect it for a potential claim. Once you hire a law firm that specializes in auto defects, we will hire experts who will analyze your vehicle, take pictures of the problems, and get an accident report. We will work on your case to prove that the auto defect caused the accident.
What Kinds of Vehicle Defects do You Handle?
Our injury law firm specializes in vehicle defects involving:
- door latches
- keyless ignition systems
- seat belts
- roof crush
- vehicle fires
- fuel and emissions systems
Contact an Auto Defects Lawyer For A Free Consultation
Our injury law office has helped many critically wounded clients nationwide recover money for amputations, asphyxiations, burn injuries, brain trauma, spinal cord injury, death, and other catastrophic disabilities caused by defective automobile products. David P. Willis is board certified as a personal injury trial law specialist. We’ve put in a lot of effort to get the best results for our clients, and we’ll do the same for you and your loved ones. Call us at 713-654-4040 or 1-800-883-9858.