While most of the car accidents we see are caused by driver error, some motor vehicle accidents are the result of dangerous automobile defects. When an accident is caused by a defective product, the injured victims may have a cause of action against the car manufacturer or other parties via a product liability claim. An experienced personal injury attorney from Torem & Associates can help sort out the details to ensure the accident victim receives the compensation he or she is entitled to receive under California’s personal injury laws and product liability laws.
Types of Dangerous Automobile Recalls and Defects
One of the most well-known dangerous automobile defects currently in the news is the Takata airbag recall. The massive recall has already effected 29 million vehicles with another 35 to 40 million vehicles being added to the list with the most current recall. In addition to the twelve vehicle manufactures included in the original recall, Takata has added Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Fisker, Telsa, and Jaguar-Land Rover to the list of vehicles with the defective airbag inflator.
Eleven people have died as a result of the defective airbags and another 100 people have been injured. Less than one-third of the vehicles recalled have been repaired since the original recall. More information can be found by visiting the Takata Airbag Recall website.
Defective tires can also cause serious car accidents. Tires can be poorly manufactured causing thin rubber that wears rapidly. This creates a condition whereby braking is less effective and increases the risk of a blowout. The tire itself could have a design flaw that makes it more prone to blowouts. If you can prove the tire was defective, you may have a claim against the tire manufacturer, the vehicle manufacturer, and/or the tire designer.
Seat Belt Recalls
Seat belt failures are serious defects that can result in traumatic injuries and death. When a seat belt does not work properly, it increases the risk for severe injuries in a car accident. A defective seat belt can result in the driver or passenger being thrown from the vehicle or being crushed against the steering wheel, dashboard, or seat. As with defective tires, you may have a cause of action against the seat belt manufacturer, the vehicle manufacturer, and/or the seat belt designer.
Some dangerous automobile defects are created by the design of the vehicle itself rather than the equipment on the vehicle. For example, some vehicles are designed in such a way that it increases the risk that the vehicle will roll over. If you can prove that the accident was caused by the vehicle design defect, you can collect damages from the responsible party, the manufacturer of the car or it’s designer.
I Was In A Car Accident In Fresno, Now What Do I Do?
The Fresno, CA car accident attorneys of Torem & Associates can help you collect the compensation you deserve under California’s personal injury laws. Call us at 1-800-954-4444 or use our convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our injury attorneys. We will conduct a comprehensive accident investigation to determine the cause of the accident and to identify the party or parties responsible for your injuries. This is a vital step to ensure you receive the maximum compensation allowable by law.