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Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury deaths in Georgia. Often, they are the result of human error: reckless driving, distracted driving, or impaired driving. However, sometimes, the crash isn’t the driver’s fault at all – it’s because of a car error, or auto defect. When an auto defect, such as faulty brakes, causes your car accident, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer and recover compensation for your injuries.
A defective product lawyer can inform you of your best legal options, help you hold the responsible party accountable, and answer any questions you may have. For more information, contact Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP to schedule a free case consultation.
Types of Auto Defects
Auto defects typically fall into two categories: design and manufacturing defects.
A design defect occurs when there is an inherent flaw in the manufacturer’s design of a product that makes the product unreasonably dangerous.
A manufacturing defect is when a product deviates from its intended purposes – due to an error that occurred while making or delivering the product.
Some Examples and Effects of Auto Defects
- Defective tires: A defective tire can cause your vehicle to unexpectedly lose tire pressure. This can result in the tire coming apart, and the driver losing control over the vehicle – leading to an accident.
- Defective brakes: Defective brakes can prevent the vehicle from coming to a complete stop, leading to auto accidents.
- Airbag defects: Airbags are some of the most important safety features in modern cars, reducing the chance of your upper body or head striking the vehicle’s interior during a collision. An airbag defect prevents the airbag from deploying in time or causes it to deploy in an improper way. Either way, an auto defect can be dangerous for the vehicle passenger and driver, causing serious injury.
- Seatbelt defects: Seatbelts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected during a motor vehicle crash, which can prevent fatal injury. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. A seatbelt defect can cause a passenger or driver to be ejected during a crash and suffer serious injury.
- Electrical defects: Electrical defects, such as loss of engine power, are significant. An electrical defect can result in fires, explosions, as well as other issues that can endanger other passengers and drivers on the road.
Who Can Be Held Legally Responsible?
When an auto defect directly results in your injuries, you can hold the car manufacturer liable, or legally responsible for the harm. To prove liability in a case involving an auto defect, you and your defective product attorney would need to demonstrate that your injuries were specifically a result of the auto defect.
Contact a Defective Product Lawyer
Auto defects can make for extremely dangerous driving conditions and should be taken seriously. At Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP, we help clients who have been injured as a result of an auto defect file a claim against the manufacturer or other at-fault party and recover full compensation for their losses. Your defective product lawyer will investigate your accident and help you prove that the auto defect was the precise cause of your injuries.
Call (833) 644-1899 today to schedule a case consultation with one of our Georgia personal injury attorneys, at no cost or risk.