Common Car Defects and Moving Forward with a Claim
If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident and you believe that it happened or was made worse by a car defect, you have many rights to compensation under the law. Because vehicles are composed of hundreds of moving pieces of equipment, it is not unheard of for something to go devastatingly wrong and cause a serious accident while a vehicle is in motion. Many people have been injured or even killed in these accidents every year, which is why it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
There are many common ways that a defect can cause chaotic results and lead to serious injuries or even fatalities. Today we want to focus on some of the most common car defects we find on our roads and how you can move forward with a claim.
Common Defects in Cars
- Airbags that do not deploy at the right time, making injuries much worse
- Seatbelts that come unbuckled at the time of the accident
- Roofs that cave in when you are in a serious rollover accident
- Electrical system defects that cause vehicle fires
- Sudden acceleration that you didn’t intend on, causing you to lose control of your vehicle against your will
- Failure of tires, such as an exploding tire
From the moment that you are involved in an accident that you believe happened due to a defect, you should work on gathering the evidence needed to move forward with a claim. Being left injured or losing a loved one to an accident due to a defect can be the most harrowing, life-changing event you will ever face, but you don’t have to face it alone.
Proving That it Was Actually a Defect
If you want to show that a vehicle defect led to your serious accident, you want to be able to show that the vehicle or one of its components was ‘unreasonably dangerous.’ Perhaps, at some point in the design or production process, the vehicle was not made correctly and parts of it became dangerous. If you have suffered the effects of one of these dangerous parts, there is a chance that others have as well.
In some cases, you will find that a manufacturer might have known or should have reasonably known about the dangers in the vehicle but failed to warn others of these dangers. Perhaps a vehicle was prone to receiving a crushed roof if it rolled over, but the company did nothing to warn others and, as a result, lives were lost in these horrific accidents. If you or a loved one was using the vehicle in a way that it was intended to be used at the time of the accident and the defect caused serious results, there is a good chance that you will be able to recover for your damages.
Being involved in an accident due to the negligence of another party is one of the most difficult things you will ever experience, but there is hope on your side. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, our experienced car accident attorneys have handled a wide variety of cases and are willing to stand by your side through every step of the process. We are here for you from the very beginning as you gather evidence, to the settlement or trial. Contact us for more information today at 304-431-4050.