What To Do If a Car Accident Was Caused by a Defective Car Part?

There are more than 30,000 parts in the typical car. With this many moving parts, you can expect that at some point or another, defects will occur. Most defects can be easily fixed or do not cause major harm. However, there are some that can cause accidents that are in some cases severe or even fatal. When you purchase a new or used car, you have every right to expect that your vehicle will perform as advertised and will not have defective parts. When defects that cause accidents do arise, these cases can be difficult to prove. It will require the plaintiff to prove that the accident was not caused by their negligence or the negligence of another driver. In addition, if you knew about the defective car part and still operated your car, it may make it even more difficult to recoup damages. If you have been in a car accident caused by a defective car part, it is recommended that you connect with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as you can. They can help to thoroughly investigate the car, pull recall reports, and fight for your right to be compensated in court.

Types of Defective Car Parts That Can Cause an Accident

There are millions of cars and trucks recalled each year for defective parts. Manufacturers are aware that if just one of the thousands of parts fail, it can be dangerous for the driver of the vehicle and other people on the road. Listed below, you will find some of the more common vehicle parts that have been found to be defective.

  • Airbags
  • Engines
  • Transmission
  • Car Frame
  • Tires
  • Braking System
  • Headlights
  • Turn Signals
  • Cruise Control
  • Gas and/or brake pedals

This is not an all-inclusive list. There are many other parts that can cause dangerous issues for drivers. If you suspect that your car has a defective part, do not drive it until it is fixed. If you do and an accident occurs due to a known defective part, you may not be able to place liability on the manufacturer.

Who Can Be Held Liable For Defective Car Parts?

In most cases, the manufacturer is held liable for a defective car part. However, there are other less common instances that other parties can be held liable. If the car part was manufactured according to the specifications given by the designer and it is still defective, it may be a design issue. In this case, the designer may be liable. Furthermore, if there is a known flaw in the design process and the marketer of the part does not relay this to the manufacturer or mechanic, they can be held liable. Lastly, if your car has been serviced by a mechanic or at a dealership, and they install a part that they know to be defective but did not tell you, liability for an accident could potentially fall on their shoulders.

When To Contact A Car Accident Attorney

As you can see, pursuing litigation for an accident caused by a defective car part can be a complex undertaking. In rare instances, there is already a class-action suit in place that you can join. However, in most cases, the burden of proving that the accident was caused by a defective part will be placed on you and your attorney. According to the attorneys at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, it is recommended that you connect with a car accident attorney quickly after the accident occurs. This is especially true if you believe that the accident was a result of a defective car part.

Editors note: by way of a brief value add, if you’re in New York State and you are reading this because you got into an automobile accident, consider contacting Obrien and Ford.  They’re a smaller firm in Buffalo, which specialized in accident litigation, so you’ll be in good hands.  If you’re not in New York…we don’t have a recommendation for you.  Just – hire a lawyer if you’ve been hurt.

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