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When Dangerous Vehicle Designs Cause Injuries

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When a car accident results in significant and lasting injuries, it is important for accident victims to assess all of their potential avenues of financial recovery, so that they can pay off medical bills and vehicle repair costs. In many cases, this could require the filing of a claim not against a negligent driver, but against a vehicle manufacturer who was responsible for designing or producing a dangerous vehicle. These types of legal claims are a type of product liability lawsuit and can be complicated, as they usually involve taking on a large, well-funded corporation, sometimes in addition to other defendants. To ensure that you have the best possible chance of recovering compensation for your own accident-related losses, please reach out to a dedicated Fort Lauderdale automobile defect lawyer today.

Establishing a Link Between an Injury and a Defect

Vehicle defect lawsuits typically assert that a person’s injuries were exacerbated by a design or manufacturing flaw in the car itself. Proving the link between a defect and an injury is often relatively straightforward. Establishing a link between facial fractures and lacerations and an airbag that exploded, for instance, may not be very complicated. Proving a correlation between other problems and certain injuries could, however, be more difficult, especially if there were multiple causes of an accident. If you were injured in a car accident because of this type of vehicle design or manufacturing defect, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses. To learn more, please reach out to our dedicated legal team.

Holding a Manufacturer Liable

Vehicle manufacturers can be held legally responsible for vehicles that have been improperly manufactured, meaning that a vehicle’s components were not made according to the correct specifications. Examples of manufacturing defects include issues with welding that result in defective steering components or misshapen parts. Manufacturing defects often only impact a handful of vehicles, as issues are typically resolved in time to avoid a total recall. Alternatively, a vehicle manufacturer could be held liable for a design defect, which occurs when the original design has inherent dangers. Examples include the placement of gas tanks in dangerous locations, a lack of structural integrity in a vehicle’s roof, and improper electrical wiring.

These kinds of problems can often be laid at the feet of vehicle manufacturers themselves. Product liability claims can, however, also be filed against entities in the supply chain, such as the dealership that sold the vehicle, or an individual vehicle parts manufacturer.

Consult with a Member of Our Legal Team

Please call Boone & Davis at 954-566-9919 to set up an initial consultation with a dedicated Florida automobile defect  lawyer, who can walk you through your legal options and explain the ins and outs of filing a claim against the vehicle manufacturer responsible for your own vehicle’s problems. Initial consultations are offered free of charge, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our legal team either by phone or online message. We are standing by to start working with you through each step of your case.

Resource:

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