Alabama Injury Lawyers Discuss Automotive Defects
Helping injured clients file product liability claims
Americans rely on our vehicles to take us where we want to go, and we place an enormous amount of trust in them getting us there safely. When our vehicle has a safety defect and it is recalled, it can be annoying because it means that you must take the car to the dealer and wait while they fix it. But there are other safety problems from defective automotive parts that have yet to rise to the level of a recall, and you don’t know about it until it causes an accident. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there have been 13,966 automotive recalls affecting 685,456,459 vehicles in the U.S. since 1997.
The experienced Alabama automotive defect attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm are prepared to pursue justice on your behalf. We fight for fair compensation for our clients who have been injured because of a defective vehicle or automotive part. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We do not charge attorney fees until we have recovered compensation for you.
Common types of automotive defects
There are countless different types of automotive defects because cars have so many parts that are integral to the safe operation of the vehicle. The following are a few examples of defects:
- Defective airbags which have deployed unexpectedly and exploded in the driver’s face
- Defective tires
- Steering column defects which cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle
- Brake failures
- Fuel leaks and exploding fuel tanks
- Malfunctioning windshield wipers
- Sticky accelerator/ unintended acceleration
- Unintended and sudden deceleration
- SUV rollovers
- Roof crush
- Seat back failure
- Malfunctioning seat belts
- Fuel tank explosions
Automotive brands that have issued recalls
ISeeCars.com conducted a study of 31 years of auto safety recall history and reported on the recall rates of car brands. The top ten auto brands which have issued safety recalls include:
- Mercedes Benz
- General Motors
- Jaguar Land Rover
Car accident injuries caused by defective automotive parts
While most car accidents are caused by driver negligence, there are other factors that can cause a vehicle to crash including automotive defects. Injuries from these car wrecks can include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result from the brain smashing into the inside of the front and back of the skull with concussive force during the crash. TBI can be mild, and cause symptoms that resolve over time, or it can be severe and cause permanent, disabling injuries.
- Head and neck injuries such as a broken neck, herniated discs and other serious back injuries can occur in a car crash, and they can be more severe if the person was not restrained in a seat belt.
- Whiplash, which is caused by the thrusting back and forth that occurs in a car accident is an injury often seen in rear-end crashes and it causes pain to the neck, shoulders, and upper back.
- Spinal cord injuries can cause partial or complete paralysis depending on the location of the injury to the spine.
- Broken bones are a common injury in car crashes. Depending on how fast the vehicles were traveling and the size of the striking vehicle, a person could suffer broken ribs, knees, ankles, feet, wrists, and hands in a car accident.
- Internal organ injuries, such as a ruptured liver, kidney, or spleen can lead to serious infection and other complications.
- Burn injuries can occur when a fuel tank ruptures and catches fire in a car accident.
Safety recalls for defective automotive vehicles and parts
Because even the most sophisticated and complex vehicles were designed and built by humans (with the occasional robotic assistance), there will be mistakes, mechanical defects, and other imperfections that could compromise safety. The NHTSA requires that manufacturers recall vehicles with a defect that could affect the vehicle’s safety.
Manufacturers issue recalls and NHTSA can issue a recall if the manufacturer has not yet done so. Millions of vehicles, pieces of automotive equipment, and even child safety seats have been recalled in an effort to avert injuries and deaths.
Does a safety recall make the manufacturers automatically liable for my injuries from their defective product?
Just because a manufacturer has recalled a product for safety reasons, it does not automatically make the manufacturer liable for your injuries. You will still be required to prove that the product it made was defective, and the defect was the direct cause of the accident which caused your injuries. You can use the fact that there was a safety recall for the product as evidence of its defectiveness, unless the court does not allow the fact that there was a recall to be included in the evidence because of the danger of the jury’s opinions being swayed by this information.
Automotive product manufacturers owe a duty of care to their consumers to build vehicles that will be safe and work as they were intended to work. If a product is defective because of a design flaw, a manufacturing error, or a marketing defect, also called a failure to warn, an injured consumer can hold them liable for injuries and other losses.
Holding manufacturers responsible for defective automotive parts that cause accidents and injuries
At Mezrano Law Firm, our experienced Alabama product liability lawyers advocate for our clients’ rights when they have been injured because of a defective automotive product. We investigate the accident, gather evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf. We fight for fair compensation from the insurance companies who have a team of defense lawyers working diligently to protect their company’s profits. We do our best to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve when your injury was a result of an accident caused by an automotive defect.
If you or someone you care about has been injured because of an automotive defect, you are welcome to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with an experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer from our team. With tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients, we are prepared to do our part to help you win.
You can rely on Alabama’s trusted products liability team for your injury claim
After an injury in a car accident that was caused or made worse by an automotive defect, you may be looking to pursue justice for your injuries and other losses. The experienced product liability attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm are here to help you win. We represent clients throughout the state with offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Florence, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa. Schedule your free consultation to discuss your case with a skilled Alabama personal injury attorney by calling 205-206-6300 or filling out our contact form today.
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