Though most auto accidents occur because of driver error, there are many that occur because of a vehicle defect. Like any man-made products, vehicles can have or develop a defect too.
Unfortunately, when there is a vehicle defect not only is it a huge inconvenience for you, but it can also lead to serious injuries for you and your loved ones as well as others who share the road with you. Because of this, it is in your best interest to seek legal advice and representation from an experienced Personal Injury Attorney experienced in defective products.
Accidents Due to Vehicle Defects
Common car defects that can cause your vehicle to be in an accident include, but are not limited to: airbags; seatbelt malfunctions; collapsing roofs; electrical system defects; brake failure; as well as power steering failure and tire failure.
Unlike most personal injury claims where the action would fall under negligence, you will likely have a product liability claim or a strict liability claim depending on the defect.
With a product liability claim, it must be determined whether
A manufacturing defect involves the vehicle’s design and only affects a small number of vehicles or;
It is a design defect resulting from negligence that affects similar models of your vehicle as well.
With both, expert testimony is likely and your case can become complex.
If the issue falls under a strict liability, you may have a more straight forward case. Because of the difficulty and complexity in proving a product liability case, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation if you believe that your accident was due to a vehicle defect.
Contact A San Diego Personal Injury Attorney
If you believe that your car accident stemmed from a vehicle defect, contact the Green Law Group to review your personal injury case. Serving San Diego and surrounding cities in Southern California.