Thousands of people are injured and killed in car accidents every year because of defective auto products. Some of the defects such as seatbelt failure are obvious. Other faulty parts, such as a small steering or brake component, require a serious investigation to discover. Every component of every car needs to be designed with consumer safety in mind.
Car makers and the manufacturers of tires, brakes, seats, seat belts and other auto parts and products can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused by defective design or construction. This is known as a product liability claim. These are often incredibly complex cases, and it can take a highly experienced attorney to aggressively pursue damages after an accident caused by dangerous or defective auto products.
The team of experienced auto defect lawyers at The Carlson Law Firm can provide skilled and aggressive representation in product liability claims against manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of defective automotive products like tires, airbags, and seat belts, which cause severe or fatal accidents and injuries.
Common Types of Vehicle Defects
Several key types of defects may either lead to an auto accident or may contribute to the severity of the injury that a vehicle occupant experiences in the collision. These include, but aren’t limited to:
Defective Auto Products: Product Liability Law
A product is defectively designed if it fails to perform as an ordinary consumer would expect when used in an intended or foreseeable manner (the “consumer expectations” test). It also fails to perform if the product’s design caused injury and the manufacturer of the product fails to prove that the benefits of the design outweighed the risk of danger inherent in such design (the “risk/benefit” test).
A Product May Be Dangerous On One Of Three Grounds:
What To Do If You Believe Defective Auto Parts Caused Your Injury
If you’ve been injured in a car crash, we want to help. Even if you are not sure a defective auto product caused your injury and just want to investigate the possibility, there two things are essential to remember. First, take all possible steps you can to ensure that the vehicle, and all components on the vehicle, are maintained and are not sold, dismantled, salvaged or otherwise lost or altered until you have a chance to retain a lawyer to investigate potential claims and have someone inspect the vehicle.
Second, if you think you may have a potential product liability claim, contact an auto defect lawyer before any of your claims related to the incident are settled, as settlements with other parties or insurers could impact your ability to preserve evidence and pursue or recover under a products liability theory.
NHTSA Recalls - Defective Auto Products
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes safety standards for vehicles sold in the U.S. Most of the time, most manufacturers strictly adhere to these standards, but sometimes a vehicle does not meet these safety standards. In these cases, either the NHTSA or the car manufacturer may issue a car recall.
You have certain rights as a consumer when your vehicle is part of NHTSA recalls. Depending on the circumstances and the severity of the defect, you may have the right to repairs, monetary damages, or other remedies.
An auto defect lawyer will be able to find out if the auto product that caused your injury is part of an on-going recall.
How an Auto Defect Lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm Can Help You
The immediate and thorough investigation of defective auto products claim is crucial in determining the precise causes of a car, truck, motorcycle or SUV accident. Our team of accomplished Product Liability Attorneys will work with any necessary independent accident investigators and automotive industry experts to preserve and analyze evidence that may be crucial to your case. If we find that defective auto products were to blame, we will fight for maximum recovery in insurance settlement negotiations or at trial, if necessary.
We know which car makes, models, and components have a history of causing accident injuries. We handle all auto defect cases such as SUV rollovers, seat back failures, and failed systems and parts. We have extensive experience in the area of product liability law and can help you get the money damages you deserve.
There’s a Carlson Law Firm Near You
With over a dozen locations throughout Texas, there’s a Carlson Law Firm near you. We have law offices located in Killeen, Temple, Waco, Round Rock, Austin, San Antonio, Laredo, Bryan, Lubbock, Kerrville, Baytown and Corpus Christi.