While many motor vehicle accidents are due to driver error, some are caused by defects regarding an automotive part or a vehicle itself.
These defects may include:
- A stuck accelerator, which can prevent a driver from avoiding an accident
- Faulty brakes, which can prevent a driver from stopping
- Defective airbags, which can fail to minimize injuries
- A defective steering system, which can prevent a driver from controlling their vehicle’s movements
- Inadequate tires, which can cause blowouts and other life-threatening hazards
If you were injured in an accident that involved a defective vehicle or component, a Meaux defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help. We know what to look for and how to handle these types of cases. Contact our team at (337) 777-7777 to learn more.
Types of Auto Product Defects
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 176,586,581 vehicles recalled between 2010 and 2016. Some of these recalls involved vehicles with serious defects that had the potential to result in severe injuries and fatalities.
Vehicle defects are generally divided into two categories:
A manufacturing defect occurs when there is a problem during the manufacturing process so that a vehicle and its components are not made per specifications, causing the vehicle to be unsafe.
Examples of manufacturing defects include:
- Misshapen parts
- Airbags that send out shrapnel when deployed
- Tires made with worn rubber
- Engine cooling fans that break
- Problems with welding that result in defective steering components
Manufacturing defects may only impact a handful of vehicles, which may not be enough to issue a full recall.
In contrast, a design defect occurs when there is an inherent danger in the original design of a vehicle or its components. In these situations, nothing wrong happened during the manufacturing process, but the vehicle or its parts are unreasonably dangerous due to flawed design.
Examples of design defects include:
- Steering systems that are made with weak materials that can break off and cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle
- Unsafe gas tank locations that make the vehicle more likely to explode if it gets in an accident
- Roofs that collapse in the event of a wreck
- Car mats that make the accelerator pedal stick
- Electrical wiring systems that increase the likelihood of a fire
- Seatbelts that do not restrain occupants in their seats
There are other examples of design flaws not mentioned here.
For a free legal consultation with a defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components accident lawyer serving Meaux, call (337) 777-7777
Liability for Your Car Accident Case
In your situation, multiple parties could be held accountable for your losses.
Some of these parties may include:
- A vehicle’s manufacturer. A vehicle’s manufacturer may be responsible if it manufactured a vehicle with a defect that led to injuries or death. It may also be liable if it recognized a safety issue but failed to implement a voluntary recall or otherwise warn owners of the danger.
- A component’s manufacturer. If a company manufactured a defective part and it was installed in a vehicle, this party may be legally responsible for an accident and its ensuing damages.
- An assembler. A third-party assembler may be involved in the process of building the vehicle. If the defect occurred during assembly, the assembler may be responsible for the accident.
- Safety testers. In some situations, the companies responsible for testing the vehicle and identifying safety hazards may be held liable for failing to detect an issue.
- Other parties in the chain of distribution. Our legal team can investigate your case to determine if other parties in the chain of distribution bear responsibility for the accident.
There may be additional parties that can be held accountable for your losses.
How Your Lawyer Can Determine Liability for the Collision
We mentioned earlier that in some cases, more than one party may be responsible for the accident. However, these companies may deny any liability and try to shift the blame onto another entity.
A Meaux defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer will likely need to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident to determine which part was defective and which party was responsible for the defect.
This process may include:
- Inspecting the vehicle and its damaged parts
- Researching the vehicle’s history
- Researching the vehicle’s manufacturing history
- Comparing other accidents with the same problem to your accident
- Applying federal and state product liability law
- Hiring an expert witness to reconstruct the accident or determine how the flawed design or defect caused the accident
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, our goal is to recover fair compensation after being injured in a collision due to a defective vehicle or vehicular component. To learn more, call us today at (337) 777-7777.
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Wrongful Death in Car Accident Cases
In some car accident cases, people lose loved ones due to the hastiness and carelessness of vehicle manufacturers and other parties. If you lost a loved one in a manner that would have otherwise allowed them to pursue a personal injury claim, you may be able to file a wrongful death action. According to Louisiana Civil Code § 2315.2, if you are the decedent’s spouse, child, parent, grandparent, or sibling, you can initiate this type of civil action.
A wrongful death claim can help you recover compensation for the damages you suffered due to the loss of your loved one, such as:
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of household services
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of consortium
- Your loved one’s funeral and medical expenses
Per Louisiana Civil Code § 3492, you only have a limited time to act, so it is important that you act quickly to protect your legal rights.
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If you or a loved one was injured by an automotive manufacturing or design defect, a Meaux defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers is here to help. We can investigate your claim, identify all potentially liable parties, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
You are not responsible for any upfront fees, and we only get paid for our services if we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. Call us today at (337) 777-7777 to receive your free case review.
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