If your car accident was caused by a defective auto part, you may have legal recourse. You can file a claim against the party who designed, manufactured, or sold the defective component.
Defective brakes, faulty steering mechanisms, malfunctioning accelerators, and other types of vehicle defects can lead to dangerous car accidents in which people are seriously injured. In such a situation, filing a claim against the at-fault party may result in financial compensation for medical bills, repair costs, and other financial losses.
A defective part car accident lawyer can handle your case and everything it entails.
You Could Recover Financial Compensation After a Defective Part Accident
When a defective motor vehicle component causes a car crash, vehicle occupants can suffer injuries that lead to a host of economic and non-economic damages. If a defective auto part caused your car crash, you may qualify for compensation.
Depending on the nature of your accident and other circumstances, you could be compensated for:
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs: You could recover compensation for the cost of fixing your vehicle or, if the vehicle is totaled, replacing the vehicle. You may also qualify for additional property damage compensation if your personal property was damaged or destroyed during the crash.
- Medical expenses: You might have needed emergency medical care and ongoing medical treatment because of your crash-related injuries. Medical expenses resulting from emergency care, hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, prescription medication, medical tests, doctor’s appointments, and other medical needs are compensable.
- Lost income: After suffering severe injuries, you may have missed work. In that case, you could be compensated for your lost wages. If your injuries will make you miss work in the future, you could also recover compensation for future lost income.
- Lost future earning capacity: Some car accident victims suffer permanent impairment because of their injuries. If your car accident injuries reduced your ability to work, you may qualify for compensation for lost earning capacity.
- Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering: A personal injury claim against the at-fault party may also result in compensation for non-financial harm. Your physical pain, scarring and disfigurement, and mental anguish can’t be represented on a repair invoice or medical bill. However, these are still damages for which you may recover compensation.
You Have a Limited Time to Seek Damages Following a Car Accident
Whether your collision stemmed from human error or a defective car part, you have a limited time to file a product liability lawsuit. Texas law notes that you generally have two years from your accident’s date to take legal action and sue. Some factors could extend or toll this period.
An experienced lawyer can review the details of your case and advise you accordingly. Complying with the filing deadline allows you to seek damages. Missing the deadline could jeopardize your case’s outcome, preventing you from filing it at all.
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Your Lawyer Could Compel Damages from the Negligent Party
Most car accidents result from human error. However, in a defective part car accident case, the at-fault party is not another driver, but instead, a company. The following parties may be legally at fault for your crash:
- Designers: The party that designed or engineered the vehicle or its components may be liable for damages if a design flaw caused the accident.
- Manufacturers: The vehicle manufacturer or vehicle parts manufacturer may be at fault for your accident. For instance, errors during manufacturing can prevent vehicles from operating properly while on the road.
- A car dealership: In some defective vehicle part car crash cases, the dealership that sold the vehicle is legally responsible for the crash. The dealership may be liable if it knew about the defect and failed to disclose the defect during the sale.
- Distributor or supplier: The distributor or supplier might be at fault if the defect occurred during the distribution process. For instance, improper storage may have damaged a car part and led to a collision later down the road.
- A mechanic: The repair shop or mechanic could be liable if the vehicle defect was caused by negligent maintenance or repairs.
- A rental car company: If the rental car company failed to properly maintain or inspect the vehicle, and this caused the accident, it may be liable for damages.
Types of Defective Vehicle Components That Can Lead to Car Accidents
When we get in our vehicles to drive somewhere, we trust that the parts contained in the vehicle are well-constructed, safe, and function properly. However, this is not always the case.
Design flaws, manufacturing defects, and other vehicle part issues can lead to preventable car accidents. The following types of defective vehicle components can lead to serious collisions:
- Brake systems: Non-functioning brakes can cause injurious and even fatal car accidents. Few things are as frightening as applying the brakes in a vehicle and realizing that the car is not stopping. Whether your vehicle contained defective brakes or the vehicle that hit you had defective brakes, you deserve justice.
- Steering mechanisms: Drivers rely on the steering wheel and related components to maneuver their vehicles. If your car, truck, van, or other vehicle had a defective steering system, you could file a claim against the at-fault party and recover compensation.
- Accelerator problems: If an accelerator pedal gets stuck or malfunctions, the driver can’t control the speed of the car. This loss of control could have disastrous outcomes.
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Loncar Lyon Jenkins Can Manage Your Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit
If a defective vehicle part caused your crash, you may qualify for financial compensation. A Texas car accident injury lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can fight on your behalf.
Claims against manufacturers, designers, dealerships, and other companies are often especially complex. Our accident attorneys handle these types of cases. We all advocate on your behalf and fight for the maximum compensation possible.
Call us today to set up a free consultation. We operate on a contingency-fee structure, so there are no upfront legal costs when you work with us.