A person is not always directly to blame for a car accident. Sometimes, a vehicular malfunction or defect could be to blame. You might think that there is no guilty party that you could sue for compensation in this situation, but you would be wrong.
The Houston car accident lawyers at Loncar Lyon Jenkins have seen cases like this before. We can help you go after compensatory damages from the party responsible for the malfunction or defect that caused your accident. Speak with one of our Houston personal injury lawyers at (877) 239-4878 to learn more about how a Houston defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components accident lawyer could help you.
How Your Accident May Have Occurred
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that a defect:
- “Poses an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety, and
- May exist in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacture, or items of equipment of the same type and manufacture.”
Some of these defects can include the following, according to the NHTSA:
- Faulty steering components
- A broken feature in the fuel system
- Stuck buttons or levers
- Seats that do not move as they should
- Halted engine cooling fans
- Cracked wheels
- Collapsed jacks
- Defective airbags
- Wiring that comes loose
If your or your loved one’s vehicle suffered from any of the above defects (or another that is not listed), we can help you. In other situations, another person’s vehicle might have been defective. For instance, faulty brakes might have caused another car to rear-end you. However, the other driver might have done all they could to avoid hitting your vehicle. The manufacturer of their car might be the negligent party.
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What a Lawyer Can Do for You
Our team is prepared to take all the stresses of your case off your shoulders at no upfront cost to you. We can negotiate for a settlement with the insurance companies. You will not have to handle pushy insurance adjusters after teaming up with us.
Your lawyer will collect and analyze all available evidence to support your claim.
You can help them do this by gathering the following materials:
- A pain journal of your symptoms and injuries’ recovery period
- Photos and videos of the accident scene, property damage to your vehicle, and your injuries
- Your doctor’s contact information
- The contact information of the other driver and eyewitnesses
- Written testimony regarding the involved vehicles’ descriptions
- Your written testimony of the events before, during, and after the accident
We are ready to create an itemized list of all of your Houston accident-related losses. It may seem daunting to try and evaluate your non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, but we assure you that it can be done.
Reach the Loncar Lyon Jenkins team at (877) 239-4878 for a free consultation.
What You Should Do After the Accident
There are some things that can make the process of recovering compensation much smoother.
Avoid Social Media
Do not talk about the accident online. It can be tempting to vent your frustrations or keep your friends aware of what’s going on. However, the insurance companies might comb through your posts looking for things to take out of context. You could jeopardize your right to compensation if someone looks at a post and thinks that you are claiming fault or appear less injured than you are.
Not Speak to the Police
You should call the police after an accident so that the accident is formally recorded. This will require that you discuss the accident with an officer. This is fine, however, do not say more than you need to. You do not want to admit fault without knowing the full story. Let the officers and your lawyer figure out how the accident occurred.
Retain a Lawyer
A Houston defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components accident lawyer will do all they can to help you. This way, you can stay at home and recover from any injuries you suffered in the crash. Even if you were not physically harmed, you might be dealing with mental stress or trauma. You deserve to heal in peace without your case weighing you down. Let us handle it.
Listen to Your Doctor
There are circumstances that can negatively impact your case’s success. For example, if a doctor tells you to care for your injury in a certain way, and you do not listen to them, you might be accused of making your condition worse than it originally was.
Adhere to the Statute of Limitations Regarding Personal Injury Lawsuits
Your lawyer can ensure that you understand all the laws that pertain to your case. There is a deadline for filing personal injury lawsuits, as illustrated under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003. Because most personal injury cases are settled without going to court, this deadline might have little bearing on your case. However, if your legal counsel cannot secure a settlement from the insurance company, you might decide to file a lawsuit.
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Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins to Get Started
We can help you today. Our team wants to hear your story. Call us at (877) 239-4878. Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help your family pursue an insurance settlement or court award. This can help you pay for accident-related costs, like damage to your car or medical bills from a broken arm.
A company that allows a defective or malfunctioning part or vehicle on the road should be held responsible for any damage that they cause. A Houston defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components accident lawyer can help you hold the at-fault party accountable.