What should I do if auto defects caused my injury?
When you purchase a car in Florida, you naturally expect the car to function reliably and properly. However, sometimes you simply received a lemon, or a car with auto defects, which you may only have discovered after something went wrong… If you or someone you know was injured because of a defective car part, you can seek justice through the civil court system.
What is an auto defect?
An auto defect is a manufacturing defect that was usually unintentional. In other words, the motor vehicle part behaved poorly and not within its intended design, in spite of the fact that the manufacturer exercised all care possible in developing and manufacturing the product.
If someone gets injured as a result of a defective product, he or she can file what’s known as a products liability claim. In such cases, if a poorly manufactured product leaves the factory and ends up causing injury when used for its intended purpose, the manufacturer can be held responsible for the damage it causes – including injuries or wrongful death.
What types of auto defects may be grounds for a claim?
Just about any part of a motor vehicle can go wrong. For example, the tires, fuel system, exhaust system, transmission, electrical system, cooling system, brake system, car frame or car body has the potential to cause serious injury.
One of the most well-known auto defects cases involves the Takata air bags. The recall affected over 100 million cars and was the most complicated and largest United States recall ever done. Most of the vehicles impacted by this recall were manufactured from 2002 to 2015. The air bags were recalled due to their potential to deploy explosively and unexpectedly, thus leading to serious injury or even death.
How can an attorney help me when dealing with an auto defect?
If you have suffered injuries due to a defective car part or vehicle malfunction, it may be beneficial to speak with a knowledgeable attorney who can investigate your case. Your lawyer can help you with your products liability claim against the car manufacturer for damages. A successfully fought claim may result in a damage award that helps cover medical costs and other injury-related losses.
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