A car accident can be an incredibly traumatic experience, and sometimes it is hard to determine who is liable afterward. While many drivers may be content with settlements from insurance companies, there is another option. If your car has malfunctioned or failed in some way, you may be able to sue the manufacturer. This is called a product liability lawsuit, and this course of action can provide you with additional damages that can help you deal with your injuries, including pain and suffering. If you feel that your car was defective in some way during your crash, you should reach out to a qualified attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, settlements from insurance companies may not be adequate, especially when you are suffering from life-altering injuries. With a qualified attorney by your side, you can hold the manufacturer liable and receive additional compensation to help you get through this difficult time.
Modern Cars are Not Necessarily Safe
Even though cars are more advanced than ever before, they still have notable safety problems. Today, cars are much more lightweight compared to 60 or 70 years ago. While it is true that many modern cars offer state-of-the-art safety features, cars today are typically less sturdy from a purely structural standpoint. On that note, even the most advanced features can malfunction with horrific consequences. With the rise of self-driving technology and similar features, drivers are putting their lives in the hands of computers and artificial intelligence. The results are not always reassuring. In 2016, a Florida man was killed in a car accident while using Tesla’s autopilot function. Even though Tesla reminds drivers to always keep their hands on the wheel, many legal experts agree that the company is misleading consumers.
Airbag Deployment Failure
One of the most common types of product liability lawsuits connected with car accidents involves airbag deployment failures. These lawsuits are often brought against either the car manufacturer or the manufacturer of the airbag itself. You have a strong chance of receiving a positive legal outcome, as long as you can prove the following:
- The airbag failed to deploy even though it should have
- The airbag was defective in some way
- You suffered injuries as a direct result of the airbag’s failure to deploy
- You suffered financial, physical, or emotional damages
Other Possible Car Defects
There are a number of additional defects that could potentially lead to injuries:
- Defective brakes
- Inadequate crashworthiness
- Defective seat belts
- Roof collapse
- Defective window glazing
- Fuel system issues
This is only a small list of potential defects that can lead to injuries. If any other aspect of your car has caused injuries, it is best to consult with an attorney to see whether you can pursue legal action as a result of these defects.
Getting Legal Help
In the past, there have been a number of motor vehicle product liability lawsuits that have resulted in positive outcomes for plaintiffs. If you want to give yourself the best chance of receiving adequate compensation as a result of your injuries, it is best to team up with a qualified, experienced attorney. Reach out to Roberts Law Office today, and we will put you on the right track.