Defective Car Parts Causing Car Accidents

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While car accidents happen every day, throughout the United States, those that are a result of defective car parts can be the reason for horrible injuries. In cases where the defective car was the main reason for a collision, the parties involved may be able to seek product liability claims from the parts manufacturers. Many times driver negligence can work in conjunction with a malfunctioning vehicle to create an accident. In cases like this, both product liability claims and a reckless driving claim may be pursued. It is best to speak with a knowledgeable Scottsdale car accident attorney before you assume anything about your case.

Recent Lawsuits Involving Vehicle Defects

There are a number of issues that can arise in the inner workings of a car, but some have been more prevalent in recent years than others. The following are some of the most common reasons for lawsuits regarding defective motor vehicle design:

  • Roll-overs specifically with SUVs
  • New cars being sold with defective tires
  • ATVs being involved in frequent roll-over accidents
  • Motorcycles becoming unstable at high speeds

To keep up to date with the latest auto recalls or safety problems, click here. If you have been a victim in an accident as a result of any of the above issues or other automotive problem, you have the right to seek compensation for your suffering.

Two Types of Automobile Liability Claims

  1. Cars and other vehicles that have dangerous design elements:
    No matter how cars and other vehicles are manufactured, if they have been designed in a way that is unsafe, there will be problems. Unfortunately, in many of these cases it may take a while before these poorly designed vehicles are brought into the light. Vehicles that are too top-heavy may easily roll-over. In addition, those with improper infrastructure could result in roof crush incidents.
  2. Vehicles that have been made with defects or with malfunctioning parts:
    This applies to cars and other modes of transportation that have been made with defect, missing certain parts or that do not operate properly. Sometimes these problems occur at the manufacturing plant, other times they happen during shipment or even at the dealership. This could include being made with faulty tires or with airbags that do not work.

Who is at fault in your defective car part case?

There may be more than one defendant when seeking out a product liability lawsuit. All of those involved in the actual process of manufacturing and distributing the motor vehicles could be to blame for an accident involving a defective part. The entire chain of distribution may be held responsible or just one segment of the line, depending on the type of issue the car has.

These are the typical defendants in defective car part cases:

  • The car or motor vehicle manufacturer
  • Manufacturer of the parts
  • Supply shop where the parts were purchased
  • Car dealership
  • Shipment company or other middleman
  • Used car dealer

Proving Your Claim

It can be difficult to provide the proof necessary in auto product liability claims without the assistance of a personal injury lawyer who understands how to present your case. There are 3 key elements that have to be proven in order for a victim of defective automobile parts to win their lawsuit. They must show that the following things were true:

  1. You were injured or experienced loss of some kind
  2. The car or vehicle itself was manufactured poorly, had defective parts or had a dangerous design
  3. Injuries sustained were a direct result of the defective parts or design

The last of the three is the most difficult to prove, as the manufacturer may try to prove that it was the driver negligence or reckless behavior that caused the injuries, not defective parts. Having an aggressive Scottsdale car accident lawyer with you from the beginning of your case could make all the difference. Call The Watkin Law Office, PC and have an attorney with nearly 40 years of legal experience fighting for you or your loved ones.

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In cases of auto product liability, it is in your best interest to act as quickly as possible. This is especially true if the car had a warranty of any kind. Should you wait too long and the warranty expires, it may be more difficult to make a legal claim.

Speak with Scottsdale injury lawyer, Clark Watkin, today regarding your case. Fill out our free case evaluation form here and allow us to put together a customized case tailored to your specific situation. Call our office at (480) 347-9804!

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