Were you injured in a car accident that was caused by a defect in the design or construction of the vehicle? If so, you may have a valid claim for compensation against the vehicle manufacturers and others who were responsible for your accident. At Deldar Legal, our team of highly qualified legal professionals will zealously advocate for your claims against the major car companies and their attorneys who will try to keep you from collecting the compensation you deserve after an accident. Call the office or contact us today to learn more and to schedule a free consultation of your case.
What are Common Car Defects?
There are many components to a vehicle that if improperly designed or manufactured can lead to an accident on the road, and these defects can vary by the type of vehicle. Some of the most common car defects that cause accidents in California include the following:
- Seat belt failure
- Air bag failure
- SUV rollovers from instability
- Roof crushing from a lack of structural support
- Gas tank or fuel line fires
- Defective windshield or window glass
- Sudden acceleration accidents
- Tire defects
- Transmission defects
- Insufficient crumple zone performance in the front and rear of vehicle
- Inadequate interior padding, and more.
If you or a loved one was injured because of a car defect, it is important that you speak with an experienced product liability attorney as soon as possible to protect your claims and determine liability in your case. There are many parties who may ultimately be responsible for the defect that led to your accident.
Who is Responsible for My Accident?
Depending on the type of defect that caused your car accident, multiple parties may bear responsibility for your crash. These parties may include the manufacturers, wholesalers and shippers, car dealerships, and auto parts retailers.
A car manufacturer has a duty to ensure that their products are reasonably safe for the consumer in both design and production. A manufacturer can face strict liability for an accident caused by a design, manufacturing, or marketing defect in their product.
Wholesalers and Shippers
If the defect was not caused by the manufacturer, the wholesaler or shipper of the vehicle or its parts may be liable for your accident. These parties have a duty to not damage the vehicle or its individual parts during transfer from the manufacturing facility to its ultimate point of sale. Any negligent or reckless storage of a vehicle that leads to a defect may cause them to be liable for an accident.
If a car dealership knowingly sells a defective vehicle or a defective part for a vehicle, they may be deemed liable for any accident that results. A dealership may also be deemed liable for an accident if they make certain promises about the suitability or performance of the vehicle or if they make alterations to the vehicle without telling the buyer that ultimately leads to an accident.
Auto Parts Retailer
All auto parts retailers have a duty to not sell defective or unsafe products to consumers. If a retailer knowingly sells or should have known that a part they sell was defective, the retailer could be liable for an accident. The same applies if the retailer received a part in good condition but stored it in a way that caused the defect before it was sold.
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If you would like a free evaluation of your claims after a car defect accident, call or contact Deldar Legal today.