The makers of consumer products have an obligation to keep you safe. This even applies to the makers of cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles. Not only must the vehicle be safe as a whole, but the individual components must also function as intended. A failure of any car part may lead to catastrophic accidents that can affect every part of your life.
Pursuing personal injury claims based on a defective car part or design can be complex. Special laws in Texas limit seller liability. Additionally, injured people must prove a specific set of ideas to prevail in a claim. It is no surprise that many injured people feel overwhelmed at the idea of seeking compensation. Thankfully, an Austin accident caused by defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer can help.
The legal team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins wants to help you to pursue your case against the makers of defective parts that cause an accident. We are ready to stand by your side to protect your legal rights and seek out the compensation that you deserve. Call in the Strong Arm today at (800) 777-7777.
SPECIAL RULES APPLY TO PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS THAT ALLEGE DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS
Many personal injury claims are fairly straightforward. Car drivers have a duty to follow the rules of the road and keep their attention on their driving. However, some accidents are not the result of poor driving. Occasionally, a defective part on a car breaks down and causes a driver to lose control.
This break may occur on your own vehicle (or could affect another driver). When this happens, the maker of the car or part may be liable for the accident. These cases are known as product liability claims.
Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code § 82.005 outlines what an injured person must prove in order to prevail in this kind of case. First, an individual must show that the defect was the source of their personal injury. As applied to car accident claims, this can include proving that a brake failure caused a collision, that a broken axle led to a loss of control, or that faulty wiring resulted in a fire.
Second, the injured person must show that a safer alternative design exists that would have prevented the incident. Under the law, a safer alternative design must have significantly reduced the threat of an injury without jeopardizing the product’s utility. In addition, the proposed alternative design must have been economically and technologically feasible at the time of the product’s manufacture.
Clearly, this can be a complex legal undertaking. The team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help to explain the legal basis for defective car component claims. Armed with this knowledge, an Austin accident caused by defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer can aim to demand appropriate compensation from the car manufacturers that have caused your injuries.
Call us at (800) 777-7777 to learn more about how we can help you.
PEOPLE WHO SUFFER INJURIES CAN DEMAND FAIR PAYMENT FOR THEIR LOSSES
When a defective car part or manufacturing error results in a car crash, the resulting damage can be catastrophic. This is due to the fact that defective parts tend to fail when they are needed the most.
An airbag that fails to deploy in a collision, damaged brakes that do not allow a driver to stop, or a faulty transmission that does not allow for a proper downshift can lead to crashes at high speeds (and without the deployment of safety equipment).
It is not unusual for people to suffer life-altering injuries in situations like this. All the typical injuries that can follow from car crashes may be present in defective product claims. These can include:
- Separated joints
- Sprained ligaments or tendons
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord damage
The maker of a product that allows a defective item to go to market is liable to pay for all medical care necessary after an accident. This includes past incurred costs for emergency care and a hospital stay, as well as payments to cover the costs of future medications and rehabilitation.
However, many instances of defective car parts can affect other parts of your life. If a physical injury is so severe so as to temporarily keep you out of work, the maker of the product must provide compensation for lost income. Similarly, any permanent disability that results from a maker’s negligence may allow you to demand payments for future lost pay.
Finally, most people involved in these accidents demand compensation for emotional trauma. These can include payments for pain, suffering, mental anguish, or lost quality of life. A lawyer can help you to evaluate the impact of the incident on your life and to demand appropriate compensation from the makers of defective car parts.
It is essential that you act quickly. Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code § 16.003 says that you may have only two years from the date of injury to demand payment for your losses. Reach out to a law firm today to let them get to work helping you.
THE MAKERS OF DEFECTIVE CAR PARTS MAY BE LIABLE FOR YOUR LOSSES
Every maker of consumer products in Austin (and around the state of Texas) has the same duty to keep you safe. This includes manufacturing products to company specifications and not allowing a defective product to reach the market. One potential failure in this area concerns the use of defective parts in cars.
These parts may fail at critical times, causing collisions with other vehicles or buildings. If you suffered injuries in a car accident and believe that a defective part may have been to blame, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses.
An Austin accident caused by defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer may be able to help you. The legal team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins can explain the state’s product liability laws and how they affect your claim for compensation.
Working together, we can strive to hold carmakers responsible for the reckless decisions that had a negative impact on your wellbeing. Call us today at (800) 777-7777 for your free consultation.