Auto Accidents and Defective Products

Nov 14, 2013 — by Gary Zucker
Tags: Auto Accidents Product Liability Personal Injury Wrongful Death

Auto Accidents and Defective ProductsAll auto accident cases need to be taken seriously given how grievous injuries can affect the victims. In serious accidents, some victims may experience long-term changes to their overall quality of life. The loss of a loved one is also possible if the accident is especially serious.

Our team of personal injury attorneys would like to take a few moments right now to consider one kind of auto accident that may be especially deadly: auto accidents in which defective parts and design played a part. These kinds of accidents fall under a broader categorization of litigation called product liability.

What is product liability?

Product liability refers to cases in which the designer, manufacturer, or distributor of a product act negligently and the product fails the consumer when it is used as directed. These kinds of lawsuits are applicable to all industries, including consumer electronics, food products, and pharmaceuticals.

Why are defects in manufacturing and design dangerous?

Cars and other motor vehicles are a part of our daily lives. We expect them to work properly, and we similarly expect auto parts and auto components to function properly. When they do not function properly, these defects can lead to serious injuries or even make certain injuries worse as a result. This is unacceptable, and the responsible parties need to be held accountable for their negligence.

Examples of Design Defects Affecting Automobiles

Some of the most common defects that our auto accident attorneys see when it comes to design defects of automobiles are related to weight distribution and vehicle balance. Cars and other vehicles that have too much weight up top are more susceptible to rollover accidents, which can be very dangerous and injurious.

Other design defects may have to do with the car's chassis crumpling improperly during an accident, resulting in serious injury to those within, or the gas tank of a vehicle being poorly protected from direct impact, increasing the risk of fire after a collision.

Examples of Defective Parts / Components Contributing to Accidents

Auto parts are also subject to defects and problems that can be harmful and potentially deadly. One common example of this is poorly made tires. If tires shred or are poorly made, they can cause drivers to lose control while they are on the road. Not only can this injure the motorist and passengers in the vehicle with the tire problems, this can also be potentially harmful to nearby motorists.

Other auto parts that can be especially problematic are brake pads. If brake pads fail, the stopping power of a vehicle is greatly diminished, which means that accidents that could have been avoided may occur, or the severity of certain unavoidable collisions cannot be diminished by slowing down.

How Our Attorneys Can Assist You

Many auto companies and auto parts manufacturers have legal teams in place that will fight tooth and nail to make sure that they do no have to pay for negligence. Our legal team doesn't believe that's fair to consumers, and we will fight diligently and tenaciously in response, making sure that the victims of such accidents receive just compensation and, ultimately, justice.

Learn More About Auto Accident Cases

If you would like more information about auto accident litigation and how our team can help you, be sure to contact our Brooklyn, NY personal injury lawyers today. Whether the accident was caused by driver negligence or issues with auto parts or auto design, our legal team will be sure to hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions.

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