Auto accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common explanations we consider when auto accidents occur are the drivers themselves, bad weather and hazardous roadways. There are times when a defect in a motor vehicle is the cause of the auto accident or causes greater injury to the occupant than would have otherwise occurred. Defects may be things such as faulty airbags, seatbelts or other safety equipment or other auto parts which are not working properly. These defects can lead to serious bodily injury.
If the auto accident or injury was caused by an automobile defect, it is wise to seek legal advice and representation. Auto accident cases which involve defects can be very challenging from a legal standpoint and having a skilled and knowledgeable attorney may help you to obtain the recovery you deserve.
According to the U.S. Code for Motor Vehicle Safety: Title 49, Chapter 301 the term defect is defined as: “Defect” includes any defect in performance, construction, a component, or material of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment.
There are many parts of an automobile which, if defective, can cause an auto accident or lead to worse injuries. Some examples of defective parts are:
There are a large variety of auto parts and products which must meet the standards set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA creates and issues the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. These standards set forth minimum safety requirements for parts and products which are in most effect of the vehicles safe operation.
Manufacturing companies will typically initiate the recalls voluntarily but there are times when recalls are brought about from investigations by NHTSA. Either way, the manufacturers are responsible for replacing and/or fixing the recalled parts and products at no cost to the vehicle owner.
Recalls on vehicles may be looked up by the VIN number on the NHTSA website.
If you were injured in an auto accident caused by an auto defect, you should promptly seek medical attention. You should also obtain as much information as you can in regards to the accident, including the police report, other driver’s information and other details you can retain (click here for full list of what do after an auto accident). You should also consult with a skilled product liability and personal injury attorney about possible legal action against the auto manufacturer and/or any negligent motorists. It is extremely important to act quickly to protect your rights, assemble relevant evidence, and comply with any applicable statutes of limitations.
We provide a free consultation to discuss your case and determine what can be done to protect your rights.
There are many factors involved in auto manufacturer liability cases and hiring an attorney with extensive knowledge and experience with these types of cases is extremely important. Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz P. A. has six offices in Southwest Florida. The offices are located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte for your convenience. Call us first at 800-332-9404 or fill out simple case form today.