Product Liability Claims Concerning Motor Vehicle Defects
Product defects can cause accidents that lead to very stressful situations and can create confusion in a person’s life. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2017 mechanical failure in vehicles caused 44,000 accidents. Defects in motor vehicles can cause serious life-threatening injuries. Depending on the type of injury sustained, a motor vehicle defect accident could lead to very expensive medical bills or lost wages.
These injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to catastrophic injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person, fight for your legal rights. You could earn compensation for the injuries you sustained. The knowledgeable Product Liability attorneys at Los Angeles Injury Group can help you determine the best legal claim to file. We will investigate your accident and help you explore all of your legal options.
The attorneys at Los Angeles Injury Group are trained within all areas of California personal injury law. We want to help you fight for your legal rights. We work hard to ensure every aspect of your accident is evaluated before formulating a settlement offer. We want to help accident victims recover the maximum amount of compensation.
Types Of Product Liability Claims
A product liability claim refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for producing a defective part or product and selling it to consumers. The manufactures and resellers are supposed to follow strict product guidelines so they don’t produce and sell defective products. Listed below are the two types of product liability claims that involve motor vehicles.
Vehicles with a dangerous design- Everyone wants the sleekest looking vehicle on the road, but not all fancy cars are functional. The car could be manufactured properly but the design could be unreasonably dangerous and cause injuries or property damage. In some cases, the vehicles or parts have been on the market for a while before the design is discovered as dangerous. If an accident occurs due to the dangerous design of a car, you can file a claim for your losses.
Defectively manufactured vehicles or parts- This type of product liability claim involves poorly manufactured vehicles or parts. There are many different ways that a vehicle could be improperly manufactured. There could have been an error in the manufacturing facility where the actual vehicle or part was made. Another problem relating to defective vehicles is issues during the shipping process or at the supplier’s dealership.
Identifying Potential Defendants
It is important to be aware of potential defendants in your legal case. This typically includes all of the participants in the chain of distribution of the motor vehicle you own. The path the vehicle takes from the manufacturer to the consumer is very important.
Manufacturer- The manufacturer is typically a large company in product liability cases involving vehicles. Usually, they will have more money to compensate you for the injuries you sustained but also have a strong presence of lawyers.
Car Dealership Supply Shop- The dealership that sold the vehicle or the actual defective part could be liable for your injuries and damages. It takes time to go down the chain of distribution to determine where the defective part came from.
Shipping Facility- The shipping facility could be liable for transporting or damaging a defective vehicle because they are involved with the transportation of vehicles. Anyone in the chain of distribution could be liable.
Used Car Dealer- If your car was bought at a used dealership, they could be held liable in certain cases depending on what state you are in and what part was defective.
Parts Manufacturer- A defective part could have been manufactured at a different plant than the vehicle itself. Make sure both the manufacturer of the vehicle and the manufacturer of the defective part are involved in this legal matter. They both can be held liable for these defective parts.
Common Motor Vehicle Product Liability Claims
Certain vehicle parts are more likely to result in a product liability claim. There are some parts that are more common to develop defects than others. The most common product failures include the following:
- Failures of brake systems
- Loss of tire traction or air pressure
- Roof crash- which occurs during rollover accidents
- Airbag defects or seatbelt failure
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 500 people died from a vehicle accident due to tire malfunction in 2015. It is important to make sure vehicle owners are aware of any recalls so they can fix their cars to avoid accidents from occurring in the future.
Los Angeles Injury Group Product Liability Attorney
Product defect accidents can be incredibly dangerous and cause serious injuries. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries at no fault of your own, communicate with a Los Angeles product liability attorney to explore all of your options. Fight for the justice you deserve and seek help from a knowledgeable product liability attorney at Los Angeles Injury Group.
It is important to have a strong legal team by your side to give you the best legal advice every step of the way. The attorneys at Los Angeles Injury Group will determine the best settlement offer for your case.
Our attorneys will investigate every aspect of your accident to ensure you have a strong legal claim to file. We want to make sure you receive the maximum amount of compensation.
The attorneys at Los Angeles Injury Group want to assist you during this overwhelming time. Our product liability attorneys at Los Angeles Injury Group will determine the best legal claim to file, so you can recover from the injuries you sustained during the accident. Reach out today to find out how our product liability attorneys at Los Angeles Injury Group can assist you. Call us at (310) 954-7248.