Milwaukee Vehicle Defect Lawyers
We Take on Major Auto Parts Manufacturers & Distributors
Just like any other product manufacturer, vehicle and vehicle parts manufacturers—as well as others involved in the production and distribution of these vehicles/parts—have a duty to consumers to create products that are reasonable safe and free of flaws. When a vehicle has a poor design or when an auto part is faulty, it can lead to serious car accidents, injuries, and even deaths.
If you were involved in an auto accident and you believe a defective vehicle design or car part may have played a role in the incident, contact Dunk Law Firm. Even if you are unsure of what caused the collision, our Milwaukee vehicle defect lawyers know how to investigate the accident and determine whether a vehicle designer, manufacturer, or distributor may be liable for your personal injury damages.
Types of Vehicle Defects
Generally speaking, most product defects can be categorized in three ways: defective design, defective manufacturing, and/or defective labeling. This applies to automobiles and auto parts as well.
A vehicle defect may fall into one of the following categories:
- Defective Vehicle Design: This occurs when the design of the vehicle itself is unreasonably unsafe. A common example is sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) with a high center of gravity, making them prone to rollover accidents. Defective design can also apply to an auto part, such as a seatbelt that is poorly designed and leads to excessive injury.
- Defective Vehicle/Parts Manufacturing: If the vehicle itself or a part is not properly manufactured, it could lead to a faulty vehicle/part that, in turn, increases the likelihood of a crash. Improper parts installation of a part, such as a tire or braking system, typically falls under this category.
- Defective Labeling of Vehicle Parts: When a vehicle part may be dangerous, but not unreasonably so, manufacturers are responsible for properly warning consumers. One common example is airbag warning labels that note the dangers airbags pose to younger/smaller individuals.
Understanding the type of defect is important for determining liability in your car accident case. Our attorneys can look into the cause of your accident, as well as the make and model of your vehicle and whether it had any recalls, in order to prove who is responsible for your injuries and financial losses.
Common Vehicle Defects
Some of the most common vehicle defects include:
- Auto tires that wear too easily or that blow out due to poor design
- Seatbelts that unlatch during impact
- Airbags that don’t deploy or that deploy with excessive force
- Brake pads that wear too easily/quickly
- Power steering systems that fail
- Engine parts that are faulty or poorly constructed
- Electrical systems/wiring that fail
- SUVs with centers of gravity that are too high
This list is by no means exhaustive; there are countless other types of auto defects, all of which can lead to serious accidents, worsened injuries, and, in the most tragic of cases, death.
How Do I Know If My Vehicle Was Defective?
A good way to know that your vehicle was defective or had a defective part is if it had any recalls. Vehicle manufacturers will issue recalls for faulty and/or unsafe parts—but this does not mean they are immune from liability. Even if your vehicle had been recalled prior to the accident, you can still hold the liable manufacturer or entity responsible for your damages.
To learn whether your vehicle has any recalls, visit the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website here.
Contact Dunk Law Firm Today
If you were involved in any car accident, including a collision caused by or aggravated by a defective vehicle or vehicle part, reach out to our team right away for compassionate, personalized legal representation. Our Milwaukee auto defect lawyers are here to fight for compensation for all of your damages, including your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, vehicle damage, and more.
Here at our firm, we truly care about helping our clients. We are always available to take your call, including in the evening and on weekends, and we offer contingency fees so you owe nothing unless/until we successfully recover a settlement or verdict in your case.
Give us a call at (414) 206-1295 to get started with your no-cost, no-obligation case review.
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