Fort Lauderdale Automobile Defect Attorney
Assisting victims in product liability claims against auto manufacturers
When a car accident occurs, the cause is not always immediately apparent, but if your brakes give out, your tires blow out or your vehicle rolls over, you may have a claim against your automobile manufacturer. However, auto manufacturers are large companies that generally have their own attorneys working for them and against you, making it difficult to recover for your injuries and other damages.
At Boone and Davis, PA, our Fort Lauderdale auto defect attorneys have the experience and skills to even the playing field and help victims of auto defect accidents recover the compensation they need and deserve. Our firm has both experienced trial lawyers and a network of experts on our side. Our knowledge and ability are evidenced by our history of just results, including verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million in more than 100 cases.
What is manufacturer liability?
Under products liability law, manufacturers and others who have contributed to the manufacturing process have a duty to ensure that their products are free of defects and are relatively safe for use by consumers. This includes manufacturers of vehicles and automotive parts. Manufacturers may be held responsible for an injury or death caused by their auto defects because of strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty or nuisance. The three basic types of auto defects for which manufacturers may be held strictly liable, regardless of negligence, are:
- Design defects occur when a design is unreasonably dangerous and there is another safer design that is feasible. Design defects include poor crashworthiness, such as a propensity to roll over, a poor roof design and a propensity for roof-crush accidents, the negligent placement of the fuel tank or engine, and other defects.
- Manufacturing defects occur during the construction and assembly of the vehicle or a vehicle part, and typically result from worker errors or defective materials.
- Failure to warn occurs when there are inadequate instructions for how to avoid hazards and for use or inadequate warnings of potential risks, existing hazards and their effects.
What are common defective auto parts?
Our Fort Lauderdale auto defect attorneys use their more than 30 years of experience to help victims who are injured or lose loved ones in auto accidents that are caused by all types of auto defects and defective auto parts. Some of the most common vehicle defects that cause car accidents and spur recalls involve:
- Defective tires: Design defects and manufacturing defects, including poor construction of tires or the use of substandard materials, can make tires dangerous. Tread separation and tire de-treading may lead to a tire blowout. When tire blowouts occur while you’re driving at high speeds, you may lose control or the vehicle may roll over, resulting in an accident with serious injuries.
- Defective brakes: Brake failure may occur because of defective brake pads, rotors, shoes or drums, or even because of poor brake design. Defective brakes may cause you to rear-end another vehicle, strike a pedestrian or drive off the road at high speeds, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities.
- Defective seat belts: The purpose of seat belts is to protect you from serious injuries or death in an accident, so when they are defective, the results may be disastrous. When seat belt defects occur, such as unlatching, you may be ejected from the vehicle and risk suffering a brain injury or other serious harm.
- Defective car seats: The purpose of car seats is to protect children, so it is especially tragic when car seats are defective. Car seats may be defective because of poor materials, such as a cracking plastic shell, defective latches, and defective clips or belts, which may lead to ejection or injuries even when properly worn. Car seats may also be defective if the manufacturer does not supply adequate instructions or warnings for them.
- Defective air bags: When air bags are defective, they either fail to protect drivers and passengers in an auto accident or they cause harm themselves. For example, air bags may inflate when unnecessary or too late because of defective crash sensors, or they may be dangerously designed and inflate outwards or too much, causing injuries.
- Vehicle rollovers: When vehicles are defectively designed, the result is poor crashworthiness. Many vehicles, including top-heavy SUVs, have a propensity to roll over, which may result in ejection injuries, roof-crush injuries and other catastrophic injuries.
Seek strong auto defect attorneys who will fight against manufacturers on your behalf
If you were injured because of an auto defect, our seasoned Fort Lauderdale attorneys at Boone and Davis, PA will not hesitate to fight for the compensation you need and deserve. We fight for justice on behalf of clients injured in Fort Lauderdale and throughout Florida. To learn how we can help in your case, contact us online or call us at 954-566-9919 anytime for a free consultation.