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The Basics of Auto Defects and Product Liability
When a consumer purchases an automobile, they invest more than just their money; they invest in their personal safety and lives. It is only reasonable for consumers to expect their vehicle will keep them safe. In addition to believing that our vehicles will help protect us in the event of an accident, we also assume that our vehicles will not be responsible for causing an accident. Unfortunately, auto defects are the cause of thousands of accidents, injuries, and deaths every year.
While most motor vehicle accidents result from the negligent driving of one of the parties involved in the accident, in many instances, serious injuries are the result of the failure of a vehicle component, such as a safety device or mechanical system. When this occurs, it is typically an issue of product liability.
What is “product liability” in auto law? In essence, product liability sets forth a series of laws and regulations to ensure that major manufacturers, retailers, and distributors are held responsible should their products cause harm or injury to consumers.
When it comes to defective automobiles, the list of vehicle parts that can fail and create a hazard is extensive, but some common auto defects typically involve:
- Airbag malfunction
- Defective auto and child seats
- Defective restraint systems
- Defective tires
- Vehicle rollovers
- Defective fuel systems
The interests of justice and the rights of injured victims demand that automakers be held accountable in these occurrences. At Walton Law, APC, we are devoted to helping people devastated by serious injuries or the death of a family member resulting from automobile manufacturer defects. We will fully investigate your case and seek full compensation from parties who bear culpability for your damages.What Should You do If You Think Your Vehicle Has a Defect?
If you suspect that your automobile has a defect, or if you were in an accident or suffered an injury as a result of an auto defect that you believe the manufacturer is responsible for, your first steps are as follows:
- Keep and Collect the Evidence:
Gather and save any parts, labels, or sets of instructions that came with your car upon purchase. Also gather any documentation that pertains to your vehicle’s purchase as well as any records or documentation of your injuries, subsequent costs, and the like. It is also a good idea to maintain possession of your damaged vehicle until the proceedings are through, that way the vehicle itself can serve as evidence or can be inspected again should additional questions arise.
- Contact a San Diego Auto Defect Attorney as Soon as Possible:
While it might seem overwhelming, especially after an injury or accident has occurred, the wisest decision you can make following an auto defect accident/injury is to contact a legal professional who has knowledge of auto defect law. Not only can an auto defect law attorney advise you on your legal options and the proper steps to take to gather documentation, having an experienced professional on your side can ease stress and help you claim the financial restitution you may be entitled to.
While the prospect of taking a major auto manufacturer to court might seem daunting, product liability law does a great deal to level the playing field. The most comprehensive method of proving your claim is to consult with an auto defect attorney who has both the knowledge and the resources to investigate your case and guide you through your legal options.
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