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Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Stewart J. Eisenberg with Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C..
Like any product liability case, defective vehicles or auto parts can cause severe damage to the unaware consumers who have purchased them or find them included in their vehicle. Common examples of auto defects include faulty airbags, seatbelts, tires, and brakes, as well as a tendency to roll over when making turns. These and many more defects can create unsafe situations for the driver, passengers, and anyone sharing the road with them. Damages occurring as a result of an accident caused by an auto defect can include medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and even wrongful death and funeral expenses.
When an auto defect occurs due to the vehicle’s overall design, the vehicle manufacturer is liable. When the auto defect occurs due to a specific part manufactured by another company, the parts manufacturer is liable. In some cases, liability might fall with both the vehicle and parts manufacturers if the defect occurred due to the overall design of the vehicle and a defect in the parts manufacturer.
In these cases, the parties attempt to blame each other for the negligence, making it harder to figure out where things went wrong.
Vehicle recalls are relatively common, but this doesn’t mean you are on your own to pay for the necessary repairs or purchase an entirely new vehicle. Depending on the circumstances of the defect, you might be eligible to file a personal injury claim to seek financial compensation to help with repairs.
Understandably, it can be difficult to identify an auto defect if you are not a mechanic or vehicle expert. In fact, you might be unsure whether a defect played a part in your accident at all. This is just one of the many reasons it’s a good idea to contact an experienced product liability attorney, who will have expert engineering and automotive design resources on hand to consider your case and decide what action can be taken to get you the compensation you deserve.
Written by AskTheLawyers.com on behalf of Stewart Eisenberg with Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C.
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