As drivers, we tend to believe that our involvement in a collision depends on our driving abilities and the driving abilities of those around us. Rarely do we consider the possibility that independent of our actions, our vehicle or its parts could cause an accident. We inherently trust that the vehicle we were sold adheres to state and federal safety regulations. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Defective auto parts and dangerous car designs can have devastating consequences. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a collision caused by a defective vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. A Wichita Falls accident caused by deadly defective vehicles lawyer can act as your advocate.
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, our lawyers have represented over 7,000 clients across the state of Texas. Call (877) 239-4878 for a free consultation.
Common Motor Vehicle Defects
Most drivers fail to realize the complexity of the vehicle they are operating. Thousands of incredibly small electrical parts must work in conjunction with one another to facilitate a safe driving experience. If just one part malfunctions, the entire vehicle could be compromised.
If your vehicle’s defect was the result of poor design or construction, multiple parties could be liable for your injuries.
Examples of Defects in Cars
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some defective auto parts may include:
- Airbags that fail to deploy correctly
- A weak body, frame, or windshield
- Malfunctioning brakes or brake pads
- Defective tire treads and steering systems
- Malfunctioning transmissions
- Leaks that pose fire hazards
In addition to defective car parts, poorly designed vehicles can pose a number of serious risks to drivers. One of the most commonly seen design flaws is in top-heavy sports utility vehicles (SUVs). These vehicles, when dangerously designed, are prone to rolling over in a collision.
In most cases, once a defective part or design is identified, a recall is implemented. The NHTSA has recalled over 390 million motor vehicles since 1966.
Crashworthiness Standards and Liability
Car manufacturers are required to ensure that every vehicle they produce adheres to federal “crashworthiness” regulations. Crashworthiness refers to the degree of safety passengers are afforded in a car crash and how well they are protected from what is referred to as a “second impact.” This second impact involves collisions between the occupants and the interior of the car in a crash.
For example, if an occupant is ejected from the vehicle through the windshield, the car’s manufacturer can be held liable for not constructing a strong enough windshield to adequately protect occupants.
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Your Lawyer Can Investigate Your Case and Gather Evidence
If a car maker or designer releases an unsafe product onto the market, they can be held financially accountable under the principle of strict liability. In these types of cases, you do not need to prove negligence. You only need to prove that the product in question did not work or operate as expected.
Your Wichita Falls accident caused by deadly defective vehicles lawyer will likely conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your collision. This generally involves compiling police reports, speaking with eyewitnesses, consulting with medical experts regarding your injuries, and reviewing video footage.
If you have been injured as a result of a defective vehicle, the time to act is now. These investigations can take time. You may also have a limited time to act under Texas’s statute of limitations, as outlined under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003.
To learn more about your financial recovery options in a free, no-obligation case review, call Loncar Lyon Jenkins at (877) 239-4878.
Types of Damages You May Be Able to Claim
When you work with Loncar Lyon Jenkins, you allow the Strong Arm to handle your case. Our team is determined to review the facts of your situation and explain what compensable damages are available to you.
We will use your health care bills, employment records, and property damage receipts to determine the value of your damages. When calculating the value of your case, we will also take into account your relevant insurance policies.
Some types of recoverable damages in your case may include:
- Medical expenses. These losses can include emergency room visits, doctors’ visits, medication costs, surgical expenses, and rehabilitation services.
- Pain and suffering.This includes any emotional distress resulting from your accident. Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common after traumatic events.
- Loss of income.This includes any income you have lost due to your injuries and recovery period.
- The cost of replacing or repairing your vehicle.As a result of the accident, your car may have been damaged or totaled. Your lawyer can review your auto insurance policies and your car’s Kelley Blue Book value when estimating this expense.
- Funeral and burial costs.In the event of a fatality, you may be able to recover compensation for the cost of your loved one’s funeral service.
You may be able to recover the cost of damages not included on this list.
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Call in the Strong Arm for Help With Your Case
The days and weeks following a car crash can be confusing. Even the most straightforward collisions involve paperwork, communications with insurance providers, and a basic understanding of Texas law. Product liability cases can be even more confusing.
A Wichita Falls accident caused by deadly defective vehicles lawyer can give you the peace of mind you need to focus on what really matters – recovering physically and emotionally. Loncar Lyon Jenkins has been serving injured claimants in Texas since 1988. We have eight office locations for your convenience, and we can visit you if you cannot come to us.
We are committed to fighting for your rights. Call (877) 239-4878 to begin a free consultation with our team.