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Defective Cars and Auto Parts

While motorists are responsible for practicing safe driving habits and focusing on the road in order to prevent accidents, vehicle manufacturers have the responsibility to provide motorists with dependable, functioning, and "crashworthy" automobiles that can withstand a reasonable amount of damage without failing to protect occupants from harm. If an automobile experiences failure due to a design or manufacturing flaw and causes an accident, the vehicle manufacturer may be responsible for the resulting damages.

A defective auto claim can be brought against an auto manufacturer if a part failed, causing the accident, or the vehicle was not crashworthy and failed to provide reasonable protection to the claimant(s) during the sequence of the accident.

At Williams & Brown LLP, our Texas product liability attorneys are Board Certified Specialists in personal injury law. We provide passionate, aggressive legal representation for all of our clients and maintain open, communicative, and caring relations with them. If you have suffered injuries in an auto accident due to a vehicle defect, you should contact us today. Our legal team provides free initial consultations at (888) 741-6200.

On What Grounds Can I Sue an Auto Manufacturer?

In cases of part failure, the claimant should be able to provide evidence of the part’s flaw in design or lack of structural integrity and how it led to the accident. An experienced attorney should be able to help investigate and gather supporting evidence.

Crashworthiness, on the other hand, does not relate at all to the cause of an accident. Product liability laws in most states acknowledge the fact that accidents are bound to happen. Because of this, vehicle manufacturers have the duty to produce cars that are crashworthy, or able to protect occupants in the event of an accident. If certain safety mechanisms or protective measures in a vehicle are inadequate, and the occupant(s) of the vehicle suffer injuries in an accident due to the lack of protection, then they may have an auto product liability claim based on the vehicle’s un-crashworthiness.

What are the Common Auto Defects that Cause or Contribute to Crashes?

The following common crash-causing auto defects are brought up in many auto product liability lawsuits:

  • Defective tires
  • Defective brakes
  • Transmission failure
  • Defects in axel, wheel, or steering components
  • Sudden acceleration
  • Rollover propensity
  • Unintended airbag deployment
  • Defective ignition module

If you believe that part failure caused your car accident, you should forego taking the affected vehicle to a repair shop until your attorney, along with accident reconstruction specialists and other professionals, have concluded their investigation of the vehicle.

What are the Common Auto Defects that Make a Vehicle Un-Crashworthy?

The following defects are often involved in claims of un-crashworthiness:

  • Unsafe passenger restraint systems
  • Airbag deployment failure
  • Child car seat failure
  • Seat back collapse
  • Occupant ejection
  • Roof crush
  • Fuel system defects
  • Window glazing

Again, it is best to preserve potential evidence in their post-accident state until all of it has been recorded and/or submitted, and that includes your vehicle.

Fighting Hard Against Negligent Automakers in Texas

Most auto manufacturers are powerful entities with plenty of wealth and resources. They often employ claim denial specialists to contest claimants in their auto product liability cases. Alone, you may not have a chance against the predatory tactics employed by these hired professionals, but with the assistance of the Texas auto product liability attorneys at Williams & Brown LLP, you will have the legal guidance necessary to fight for a fair outcome. If you have any questions regarding your claim case, please call us at (888) 741-6200 or fill out an online contact form.

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