Unfortunately, people are seriously injured or killed annually due to vehicle accidents that are caused by defects in the vehicles. What is even worse is that in many of these types of car accidents, they occurred before the vehicle owners received a recall notice from the manufacturer. If you or someone you love has been involved in a vehicle accident caused by a defect, an Auto Defects Lawyer at The Willis Law Firm can help you and your family during this difficult time to ensure you get the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, pain, and suffering.
There is a wide range of auto defects that we have seen before that were the cause of car accidents. Some of these auto defects were faulty brakes, faulty steering parts, defective tires, faulty seatbelts, poor roof construction, and fuel system failures that failed to cut off the fuel supply after an accident. So, if you believe that an auto defect caused you to have an accident while driving your vehicle, it is critical that the vehicle is not destroyed or tampered with.
This way, all evidence can be properly collected by experts who will provide a detailed and fair analysis of which part or parts of the vehicle was defective at the time of the accident.
If your accident was caused by the other driver’s negligence prior to the accident, the failure to act responsibly while operating the vehicle is the cause of your pain and suffering. However, there are situations when there is a problem that occurred with the vehicle during the manufacturing process. A defective piece of equipment could have been installed and the vehicle was sold to the consumer. With this type of situation, you would also have a product liability case against the manufacturer.
Auto defect lawsuits apply to motor vehicle accidents that occurred due to safety issues with the entire vehicle or a component in or on the vehicle. Vehicle accidents do not only cause property damage, but they also cause bodily injuries, mental and emotional stress and financial distress.
During this extremely difficult time, it is important to remember that you do not have to fight the battle alone. Our competent injury lawyers in Houston know exactly what you are going through, and we are ready to help you get the fair financial compensation that is rightfully yours.
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What Are Some Examples Of Typical Auto Defects?
The one thing that drivers take for granted is that if they are ever in a car accident, the vehicle will have the structural integrity and proper safety features in place to decrease their risk of serious injuries and fatality. However, when these features are defective, you could end up in a dangerous and possibly deadly accident.
The following are some of the most common, and in some cases, the deadliest auto defects:
Tires that are manufactured properly can wear away faster even if there is still tread on the tires. A driver’s ability to control a vehicle is dependent on the quality of the tires. Tires that wear away prematurely could cause an unexpected blowout that could lead to an accident.
Airbags, seatbelts, and fuel systems help to keep a vehicle safe. A failing fuel system could cause a vehicle fire, while airbags and seatbelts may not protect or deploy when needed and/or activate at the wrong time. Both of these situations could cause serious injuries. Faulty wiring could also cause problems or fires if the car is involved in an accident.
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.
With that said, you need to understand the difference between issues that are considered auto defects, and the ones that are not. In other words, you could have an issue with your vehicle that is not considered an auto defect. Some examples of these types of issues are:
- Rust on the body panel
- Air conditioning
- Oil levels/consumption/leaks
When Should An Automotive Component Be Subject To A Recall?
There are two situations in which an auto component would need to be recalled, or the entire vehicle would be subject to a recall. The first situation is if the auto component or vehicle in question does not meet with the Federal Motor Vehicle Standard. These are federal standards that were created to decrease the number of vehicle accidents.
The second situation is if the vehicle or component in question has an auto defect.
If you have questions about your vehicle(s) and if they once were or are currently under a safety recall, contact the National Highway Traffic Safety’s Administration website. It has plenty of resources to assist consumers.
How Can A Vehicle Owner Prove That Their Automobile Has A Defect?
You will need to follow a few steps if you want to provide evidence that your vehicle has an auto defect. The first thing that you will need to do is consult with an attorney who specializes in auto defect cases such as the attorneys at The Willis Law Firm. This is an important first step because we will explain the entire process to you, and we will tell you what to expect throughout the duration of the case.
We will act as a point of contact between you, our client, and the insurance company. This will help alleviate some of the stress. We may also suggest that you do not repair or even touch the car until we have our experts inspect it.
During the next phase, we will have our experts identify the specific auto defect with your vehicle. Our experts will not only look at the make/model of the vehicle, but they will also retrieve the defective component.
The next phase will involve our experts taking pictures of the damage that resulted from the accident, and we will get an official car accident report from the proper law enforcement agency. In addition to the property damage, we will also look at how the auto defect affected you and any passengers that were in the vehicle.
The final stage is to show how the auto defect caused the damages that are in your claim. We will work on your case to prove that the auto defect caused the accident.
Contact an Auto Defects Lawyer For A Free Consultation
If you or someone that you love was injured and/or passed away in a vehicle accident due to an auto defect caused by the vehicle or a specific component in the vehicle, there is help out there available to you. With experienced legal counsel like the lawyers at The Willis Law Firm, you will be taking the proper first steps so you can get healthy and recover without having to think about medical expenses.
We at The Willis Law Firm are prepared to work on your case, defend you and help you fight for your legal rights. We help those who have been injured due to someone’s negligence.
We are compassionate, experienced and dedicated lawyers. We will answer all of your questions, address any concerns you may have and discuss the best way to handle your case.
So, do not hesitate. Contact us at The Willis Law Firm at (713) 529-9377. Get a consultation at no cost. We will listen to your claim and explain the options available. If you want us to handle your case, we will immediately begin to work on your case so you can get the financial compensation you need and deserve.