Each year, millions of drivers are involved in accidents around the country. Of those accidents, a portion are caused due to defective vehicle parts. This occurs when a designer, retailer, or manufacturer makes a defective product and then sells it for consumers to purchase. This can be a costly mistake for everyone involved. A few examples of defective parts that can cause serious injury are tires, airbags, seatbelts, seatbacks, ignitions, and the transmission. If you think you have been involved in an accident where one or more defective vehicle parts were the cause, contact an attorney today. They can get you on the way to recouping some of your losses including medical expenses, property damage, lost income, and emotional and physical suffering.
From time to time, defective vehicle parts include tires. This is an extremely dangerous situation to be in, as any damage in your tires can lead to loss of control over your vehicle. Should this situation occur, it can cause serious harm to both yourself and other drivers on the road. There are a few different ways that tires can be deemed defective, leading to serious accidents. Some of those include a manufacturer who uses poor material, treading that is not constructed correctly, and more.
Nobody wants to be in a situation where airbags have to be deployed, but airbags that work properly can save your life. If you were in a situation where your airbag didn’t deploy as it should have, or even deployed without cause, it could be due to a variety of issues-none which you should be held accountable for if the manufacturer dropped the ball during production. Some of these include an airbag that deploys at an improper rate of speed or an airbag that has too much force behind it.
Nearly everything in your car is designed to keep you-and other drivers-safe. Seatbelts have been attributed to saving thousands of lives every year, so it’s important that they work properly and aren’t potentially defective vehicle parts. Signs of a defective seatbelt include accidental unlatching, tearing, a poor fitted shoulder harness, and other defects that can lead to serious injury.
Defective seatbacks are often noticed in low or moderate speed collisions. Even at such low speeds, drivers and passengers alike have suffered serious injury surrounding these defective vehicle parts. A short list of injuries that were caused due to defective seatbacks are injuries sustained by passengers who could be trapped under the seatback, ejection of occupants, and injury to other passengers who could be hit by defective seatbacks during collision.
This has been a huge topic lately due to the massive GM vehicle recall caused by defective ignitions. This primarily can be caused when the engine is cut off and the airbags and power steering become disabled due to a slip in the ignition switch. This caused over 50 people their lives in the GM situation, and it isn’t something you need to be liable for if this has happened to you.
Defective vehicle parts are not your responsibility. Manufacturers are held to a high standard when producing vehicle parts and need to be held responsible if they do not meet these standards. If you think you are a victim of any of these defective vehicle parts, give an attorney a call today and get on your way to receiving compensation for your injuries, lost wages, or mental anguish.
Another issue surrounding defective vehicle parts as of late is the defective transmission. This has been seen in false park situations, where a driver thought they were putting their car into park and it slipped into the reverse setting. This can be extremely dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians as it could cause your car to accidentally reverse into someone else.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a defective vehicle part, please contact our experienced Texas personal injury attorneys at Garcia & Ochoa today to schedule a free consultation.