Automakers and companies contracted to make parts for them have a strict obligation to only produce and sell parts and vehicles that are safe and reliable. When a vehicle defect is not caught before the car reaches the market, it puts innocent consumers at risk of serious car accidents. Depending on how the defect came to be, the automaker, part manufacturer, or both could be accountable for injuries and damages suffered by those involved in a crash.
Did you get into a car accident that you think was caused primarily due to a design defect with your vehicle? Let Dunk Law Firm and our Houston vehicle defect lawyers know about it. We can use our extensive experience to investigate the cause of your accident and work alongside expert engineers if further evidence is required. Whatever it takes to secure the best possible outcome for your case is what we want to do.
Any part of a vehicle can be defective if made incorrectly. Not all parts will be dangerously defective, of course, but many can be problematic. Parts like the brakes, tires, steering wheel, accelerator, seatbelts, and airbags can all be extremely dangerous if defective.
How a vehicle part becomes defective is a different matter, though. In terms of product engineering, there are typically three ways that a part can be defective after the vehicle is sold to a consumer.
Three product defect categories are:
Getting to the root of the defect is a crucial step our attorneys must take if we want to strengthen your injury claim. While we look through all the details, we want you to rest and relax as best you can.
After being in a crash that you think could have something to do with an auto part defect, you should head to the official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website that tracks vehicle recalls:
Where is my VIN?
You can find your vehicle’s VIN most easily by looking in the bottom corner of your windshield nearest the steering wheel while you are standing outside the vehicle. You can also call your local dealership to see if there are any other VIN locations in case you do not see it there.
Keep in mind that an outstanding recall on your vehicle does not excuse the product defect, nor does it make you liable for your accident. Automakers still have a responsibility to ensure that everyone is aware of recalls and has an opportunity to act on the recall before an accident happens.
When a car is defective, there are several systems that tend to break or fail to function properly. You can avoid being involved in an accident resulting from a defective car by keeping an eye open for any of the following signs of an auto defect:
Any number of these defects could lead to a car accident. However, it's important to keep in mind that just because a car has these symptoms that doesn't automatically mean that it's defective. Sometimes age and hard use can lead to parts wearing out or needing to be replaced. A responsible car owner should watch out for these common maintenance needs and stay on top of it to avoid causing an accident.
Failure of an airbag to deploy in a crash can be a result of several different types of product defects:
In order to form a case for a defective airbag claim, you'll need to prove that the airbag should have deployed in the crash but did not because of a manufacturing defect. In turn, you'll need to prove that because the airbag did not deploy, you suffered worse damages than you would have if the airbag had deployed properly.
Dealing with an automaker and the major insurance company that likely represents them is not something you probably envisioned yourself doing. To get the confidence and the experience needed to take on such legal opposition, let Dunk Law Firm act on your behalf. Our vehicle defect attorneys in Houston offer contingency fees, which means you do not pay us unless we secure a favorable outcome for your case, like a verdict or settlement.
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