Cars and other motor vehicles such as motorcycles and trucks are a ubiquitous facet of modern American life. Data published by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics indicates that travel by light duty vehicles (cars, light trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles) continues to be the most popular form of transportation by a large margin. While statistics indicate that the vast majority of motor vehicle accidents occur because of driver error, a significant number are the result of defective vehicles or defective vehicle equipment.
The accidents caused by vehicle defects can be extremely serious, and in some cases may even be fatal. As a result, it is extremely important for anyone who has been injured in a car accident in which a vehicle defect played a role to discuss their case with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Product liability - This is the area of law that allows people injured by defective products to hold manufacturers, retailers, and other parties that make consumer products available to the public liable for the injuries they cause. Generally speaking, there are three broad categories of product liability claims. Below is some information about these claims as they relate to automotive product liability claims.
Defective design – Claims involving defective design allege that a vehicle was designed in such a way as to make it unreasonably dangerous to consumers. A well-known example of a vehicle defect that resulted in a successful lawsuit involved the Ford Pinto and the placement of its fuel tank, which allegedly resulted in a risk of fuel tank punctures in rear-end accidents.
Defective manufacture – Defective manufacture claims differ from defective design claims in that the plaintiff claims that although the vehicle was properly designed, some defect in manufacturing caused it to be unreasonably dangerous. Examples of the types of issues from which a defective manufacture claim could arise could include the use of improper materials or shoddy workmanship.
Defective marketing – These claims are also known as “failure to warn” claims, and arise in situations where a non-obvious danger posed by a vehicle could be easily mitigated by warning the consumer about the presence of the danger.
Accidents involving design, manufacture, or marketing defects in vehicles often require a thorough analysis of the way the accident occurred as well as significant investigation of the applicable regulatory and industry standards. As a result, if you have been involved in an accident that you believe may have been caused by a vehicle defect, you should discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Almost any type of accident can be caused by a vehicle defect. For example, a rear-end accident can easily be caused by brake failure, and a rollover accident could certainly be caused by defective tires. In recent years, there have been several incidents reported regarding “sudden unintended acceleration” in a number of vehicles, attributed to causes as varied as defective pedal design to faulty cruise control systems.
Modern vehicles have a variety of systems that could potentially fail and cause an accident, so it is important for anyone involved in a motor vehicle crash to have the circumstances of their accident reviewed by an experienced car accident attorney. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.