Although car accidents are often caused by other drivers, sometimes a defect is to blame. For example, these vehicle parts and features have been the subject of past defective auto lawsuits:
- Electrical systems
- Ignition switches
When you purchase a vehicle, you rely on it to be reasonably safe. Human error causes more than 90 percent of all crashes and, as drivers, we don't really expect flaws in our vehicles to lead to an accident. Thousands of time a year, however, that’s exactly what happens.
Lawsuits involving auto defects require an attorney well-versed in those cases. The lawyers at Kirtland & Packard do not back down to powerful opponents. Very powerful insurance companies represent automakers and other parties involved in auto manufacturing and they may approach you right away to try and minimize your settlement. We will investigate every corner and detail of your accident to build a strategy to obtain the best possible results on your behalf. Before you accept an insurance offer, talk to us for free to learn if you have a better option.
Ten Common Auto Defects That May Cause Injury
While any component part can malfunction, some parts of a vehicle may be more prone to cause injury when defective. Ten of the most dangerous vehicular defects include:
- Airbags. Airbags can deploy without an accident, causing serious or fatal injury. They can under or over-inflate, adding to injury, and they may even expel shrapnel when deployed, resulting in death
- Ignition Switches. A faulty ignition switch can cause the engine to stall, even when the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of serious injury from both single-vehicle and multi-vehicle accidents
- Steering Systems. Failed power steering, loose or disconnected steering columns, or anything else impacting a driver’s ability to steer a vehicle can result in catastrophic injury
- Fuel Systems. Like ignition switches, defective fuel systems can cause the engine to stall. They can also spark deadly fires
- Braking Systems. When a vehicle cannot slow or stop, everyone on the road is at heightened risk for an accident. Depending on speed, these accidents can be fatal for many involved drivers and passengers
- Tires. Faulty tires can explode, tread can separate, tubes can rupture, and stems can leak, all of which can lead to a sudden loss of vehicle control
- Electrical Systems. Miscommunication between wires, a faulty connection, or a crossed connection may result in vehicle failure, fire or explosion, and other consequences that will increase the risk of being involved in an accident
- Computer Systems. A car's computer system controls everything from heating and cooling to cruise control. A defect in any of these systems can result in an accident
- Seatbelts. Faulty seatbelts may fail to secure or may come loose during a collision. This may result in injury both from the belt and from impact with the vehicle after seatbelt failure
- Seats. Seats themselves may come unbolted or move. Defective seat backs may also pose a serious threat to passengers, especially children, riding in the back of a vehicle
These auto defects have been shown to cause serious and fatal injury and they are far from a thing of the past. In fact, in the past few years, hundreds of people have died and thousands have sustained serious injury in accidents involving the above vehicular defects. This is not a comprehensive list, however. Any defect that results in injury may qualify the victim for legal action. If you have been injured or a loved one has died and you suspect a defective vehicle was the cause, please schedule your complimentary case review with one of our auto defect lawyers to learn about all of your options.
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