Consumers have a reasonable expectation of safety when they purchase a product, and that expectation is even greater when the product in question is a vehicle or vehicle component. We put our lives in the hands of vehicle and vehicle parts manufacturers because a flaw or defect in your motor vehicle could be the difference between living and dying.
If you or a loved one was injured or your loved one passed away because of a defective vehicle or vehicle part, then an El Paso accident caused by a manufacturer defect lawyer may be able to hold responsible parties accountable. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation about our services.
The Prevalence of Vehicle Defects
Research reveals just how common recalls in the automotive sector can be. Consider that:
- According to Car and Driver, Honda has recalled more than 600,000 vehicles, including certain models of the Odyssey, Passport, and Pilot, because of multiple defects, including faulty door latches
- Consumer Reports notes that Hyundai recalled more than 270,000 vehicles because their accessory power outlets pose a fire risk
- USA Today documented recalls of over 2 million vehicles from BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, and others in a single week in June 2020
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) allows you to look up specific types of recalls, including:
- School bus recalls
- Motor vehicle recalls
- Specific parts recalls
- Child safety seat recalls
- Tire recalls
It is safe to say that recalls are more common than most consumers realize. Motorists may be at an especially high risk of driving a vehicle with a recalled component if they drive a used vehicle—changes in vehicle ownership over time may make it more difficult for someone to be alerted to recalls affecting their vehicle.
The specific defect in a vehicle may affect the level of danger that a motorist and those who share the road with them are in at any given moment.
Types of Vehicle Defects
A vehicle contains a vast array of individual components, many of which work together to make the vehicle function as it should. A defect in a specific component may affect the vehicle’s overall ability to function, while others could prove to be relatively minor.
Some vehicle components that may be dangerous if defective include:
- Fuel injector
- Door latches
- Fuel system
- Steering components
- Turn signals
- Vehicle frame
A vehicle may be considered generally dangerous if it has a poor or dangerous design, does not rate well in crashworthiness, or has a higher likelihood than most vehicles of rolling over. Those who manufacture a vehicle are responsible for its every feature and component, as well as its overall performance and safety.
If you or a loved one was injured because of a vehicle that is defective in one or more ways, then an El Paso accident caused by manufacturer defect lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation for your losses. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation.
For a free legal consultation with a manufacturer defect accidents lawyer serving El Paso, call 800-777-7777
Holding Vehicle and Parts Manufacturers Accountable
The prevalence of vehicle recalls indicates that it is difficult to ensure every manufactured vehicle is completely safe. Still, those who produce and sell motor vehicles and the parts for motor vehicles have several responsibilities pertaining to safety.
Some duties that vehicle and parts manufacturers have include:
- Testing their products and vehicles thoroughly
- Keeping records of their safety tests
- Redesigning parts and vehicles as necessary to ensure the greatest possible level of safety
- Refraining from releasing dangerous parts and vehicles to the consumer markets
- Monitoring the performance of their parts and vehicles closely once they hit the consumer market
- Issuing recalls promptly once a flaw or defect becomes clear
- Paying for consumers’ costs of having their vehicles repaired
Even manufacturers who take these steps can be held liable if their vehicle or part causes an accident, especially if it results in serious injury or death. Aside from vehicle manufacturers, parties who may be responsible for your accident include:
- Parts manufacturers
- Those who assembled your vehicle
- A mechanic whose work affected the safety of your vehicle
Hiring a lawyer may help you determine all of the parties responsible for your accident and subsequent losses.
A Lawsuit May Be Necessary for Justice
You may decide to bring a lawsuit in the wake of an accident caused by a part or vehicle defect. A lawyer can lead your lawsuit from start to finish while you focus your attention on recovery or coping with the loss of your loved one.
Some of the services that a lawyer may provide include:
- Investigating the circumstances of your accident, possibly with the assistance of professional investigators
- Organizing all of the evidence relevant to your accident
- Naming all of the defendants responsible for your accident
- Filing your lawsuit in the appropriate venue as soon as possible
- Completing all subsequent legal paperwork
- Making in-person appearances on your behalf
- Determining the amount of compensation that you are entitled to collect
- Negotiating a settlement with attorneys for defendants in your lawsuit
- Completing a trial if they do not obtain a settlement
Your lawyer will aim to protect your rights throughout the legal process as well as provide advice regarding your lawsuit. If they are successful as your lawyer, then you may collect compensation covering your accident-related losses.
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An El Paso accident caused by manufacturer defect lawyer will aim to collect compensation for your losses, which may include:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Mental anguish
- Physical pain
- Long-term or permanent disability
- Other accident-related damages
Your lawyer can handle your case for awards while you recover. Call in the Strong Arm by calling Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777. Do not wait to call us, as you may have a defined window for bringing the legal action necessary to obtain any compensation that you are due.