Automobile manufacturers selling vehicles in the United States have been experiencing an increasing amount of product liability claims concerning the use of their products in recent years. Both U.S. and foreign automakers are feeling the brunt of the trend against them as efforts to compensate those injured by a defective automobile product are improving. Some defects in vehicle products can increase the likelihood of a car accident occurring while others are such that occupants are not adequately protected in the event than an accident occurs. In either scenario, the automaker is responsible for using care in the design and manufacturing of its product and injuries resulting from production or design negligence are to be compensated for
At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, we take injuries caused by automaker negligence very seriously. If your injuries were due to a defect in a vehicles make or safety features, you should know that you have legal options available for pursuing compensation from the maker of the vehicle. A San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney from our firm can help you determine what the best course of action is for your situation and help you achieve a positive outcome.
Some defects are inherent in the operation and handling of the vehicle and can actually cause an accident or increase the likelihood of an accident occurring. These flaws either arise in the design or production stage or are often undetectable on surface appearance until it is too late. Flaws in marketing details or safety manuals can also make a vehicle more dangerous by simply failing to properly instruct users on how to safely operate the vehicles.
As mentioned before, these defects are such that they can actually cause an accident to take place, thereby placing the occupants in direct danger. Claims or compensation and product recalls have occurred due to such flaws including vehicles that spontaneously accelerate, tires that blow out without reason and faulting steering systems. Accidents have been known to cause injuries due to brake system malfunctions and design flaws that increase the vulnerability of the vehicle to a rollover accident.
While some defects are the in the design or operation of a car and can actually cause the car to lose control, other flaws are more subtle and only manifest their effects in the event of a car accident. These defects cannot actually cause the car accident but they can turn what should be a non-injury accident into a serious and even fatal occurrence. The most common of these defects are flaws in the security features of a car. Safety devices that are intended to offer protection to occupants in the event of a vehicle collision can malfunction due to a design or manufacturing errors and cause the vehicle passengers to sustain more injuries than is necessary.
Examples of such defects can include several factors that make a car accident far more dangerous than it should be, placing the occupants in risk of catastrophic and even fatal injuries. Defective seatbelts that unlatch or unmount at the force of an accident can eject a passenger from their seat and even the car if the impact is strong enough. Air bags that fail to deploy when needed are utterly useless to the occupants and on the other side, air bags that deploy without cause, like in a minor collision, can actually cause more injuries to the passenger than they would without the air bags. Other defects include flaws in fuel systems, faulty roof designs and door latch malfunctions.
While it is the responsibility of drivers to exercise caution and safety when following traffic guidelines, it is the responsibility of auto manufacturers to design and build vehicles that do not present an unnecessary and magnified risk of harm. Car accidents that occur because of an automaker's negligence are often unavoidable and extremely dangerous. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a car accident because of a defect in the design or make of the vehicle involved, you can take legal action against the negligent party in order to claim the compensation that is rightfully yours.
When you contact a San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney from The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus about filing a product liability claim against an automaker, you will be treated with the care and priority that you deserve. We are committed to presenting aggressive cases on behalf of our clients because we believe that all innocent injured victims deserve to be compensated for the injuries they had no part in causing. Call our office today to learn more about auto product liability and schedule a case evaluation with a member of our legal team.