Glendale Auto Product Liability Attorneys
Our vehicles are extremely complicated machines, utilizing a finely crafted electrical systems, frames, and engines to move through our daily lives. However, this complexity also opens room for human error. When a manufacturer uses a low-quality material to cut costs on tire production or fails to correct a suspension issue, serious car accidents can occur. Many of us can remember the 2009-11 Toyota recalls for the unintended acceleration issue that led to the death of 89 individuals.
Bottom line, when auto manufacturers allow faulty parts and vehicles to get on the road, drivers and pedestrians can suffer serious, sometimes fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured due to an auto defect, do not hesitate to contact the Glendale product liability attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC. Our legal team can begin an immediate investigation into your accident and determine how a faulty part or system led to your injuries.
Contact us by phone (818) 507-4311 or online to schedule a free consultation.
As mentioned earlier, most vehicles on the road today have complex mechanical systems that keep them operational. This merger of mechanics, design, and software has allowed our vehicles to utilize hybrid systems, biofuel, and electrical batteries to the run their engines while also improving safety functions. Some cars now have side airbags that deploy from the door while others have a reinforced frame that protects against serious crush injuries.
When these systems fail, however, drivers can be horribly injured. Government agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency keep a close watch out for safety defects and recalls to protect consumers. To determine whether or not a safety recall is required, the agency must determine whether or not the component:
- Can cause serious harm to occupants, other drivers, or bystanders if the motor vehicle’s systems are compromised; and
- If the component is utilized by multiple vehicles of the same model, design, or manufacturer.
Based on these criteria, the NHTSA identified common auto part defects that can occur, including:
- Faulty accelerators that become stuck at high speeds
- Steering systems that are unresponsive and lead to a loss of control
- Improperly engineered electrical systems that lead to fires
- Gas and oil lines that are susceptible to fires
- Airbags that fail to deploy, deploy with too much force, or deploy at the wrong time
- Seats that collapse backwards when they should be locked in place
- Any critical component that can fail and cause a crash, such as wheels, poorly manufactured tires, brake systems, seatbelts, and other safety systems
Even if you are driving at slow speeds down a Glendale side street, these components failures can result in a serious accident, either with another vehicle, object like a streetlamp or tree, and even a pedestrian. Drivers could be following all the rules of the road and are perfectly safe when a vehicle’s system fails and causes a traffic collision. At the end of the day, the fault would not necessarily lie with the driver, but the manufacturer.
Whether it is a tractor-trailer or an electrical vehicle, every manufacturer is required to produce high-quality, safe vehicles for consumers. When they fail to do so, either by allowing an inherent design flaw to go to market or using faulty third-party components, they can be held liable for injuries suffered by drivers or pedestrians.
However, manufacturers are not the group that have a hand in released faulty vehicles. Many components are outsourced do different industries to develop a car, from brake to tire manufacturers. These third-parties may be the original cause of the defect, especially if the issue arose in replacement parts. Anyone who has had to replace worn tires know there are multiple options and your dealer is probably focused on giving an affordable deal. This may mean utilizing a more generic brand that may be designed for your vehicle but can have its own faulty issues. These third-party manufacturers can also be held liable for an accident.
But what if the problem wasn’t with the manufacturers? Car dealerships also handle the vehicles during transportation, inspections before sales, and storage. If they improperly store a vehicle or damage a component during an inspection, they could be liable for selling a faulty product. The same can be said about wholesalers who sell used vehicles. They are expected to share all the defects and issues a car may have before selling it and ensure it is safe to drive. Failing to inform a customer about a defect or getting the vehicle inspected by a certified technician can make them liable for any injuries.
Holding these parties accountable for an auto defect requires thorough investigatory skills, an in-depth knowledge of auto accidents, and the determination to purse liability and compensation against large corporations. To do that, you will need the aid of an experienced law firm to ensure you receive the compensation you are owed after a serious injury.
When you bring your case to Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our expert legal team will evaluate every detail to determine the cause of your accident. In addition to looking at the actions of the drivers involved, we will analyze whether or not a faulty vehicle component led to your injuries. If your crash was the fault of a defective auto part, then our Glendale auto product liability attorneys can fight on your behalf for full compensation for your injuries.
Call us at (818) 507-4311 or contact us online to secure proper representation after an auto accident caused by faulty components.