When we get behind the wheel of our automobile, we put a lot of faith in others. We trust that other motorists will drive in a relatively safe manner.
We also depend on our vehicles to perform under the demands of the road. Yet, every single day, motorists experience accidents due to defective vehicle parts. Many drivers are currently driving a vehicle equipped with a defective part that could cause serious accidents or injuries.
At Guajardo & Marks, our Dallas defective vehicle attorneys have represented many clients who have experienced first-hand just how bad it can get when a faulty vehicle part causes an accident. If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by a defective vehicle, we can help you determine who was at fault and make sure that they are held responsible for your injuries.
Common Defective Vehicle Parts
There are a number of defect-related crashes every year in Texas. The following is a list of some of the top causes of defect-related vehicle accidents in Texas in 2014:
Defective or no vehicle brakes: 542 units involved in crashes
Defective steering mechanisms: 394 units involved in crashes
Defective trailer hitch: 89 units involved in crashes
Defective or no turn signal lamps: 46 units involved in crashes
Defective or no lamps: 44 units involved in crashes
Defective or no headlamps: 36 units involved in crashes
Defective or no trailer brakes: 30 units involved in crashes
Defective or no stop lights: 24 units involved in crashes.
There have been a record number of automobile recalls in recent years. While manufacturers initiate many vehicle part recalls, it is often only after problems have been reported and people have been injured by the faulty part. In fact, reports from consumers are vital in the recall process. By reporting faulty vehicle parts, a consumer might be ensuring that others aren’t involved in a serious accident due to the same defect.
Examples of Vehicle Recalls
Ford Bronco II – The Ford Bronco II was recalled after several reports of rollover accidents. Ford knew about the tendency of the Bronco II to tip over even at low speeds, but sold the vehicles anyway, opening themselves up to a series of lawsuits.
Ford Explorer/Firestone Tires – In 2000, Firestone/Bridgestone announced the recall of millions of tires due to tread separation issues. Both Bridgestone and Ford lost billions of dollars as a result of the tire recalls.
Takata Airbag – A much more recent example of defective vehicle parts is the massive Takata airbag recall. Takata airbags were a danger to vehicle occupants because of the chemical used to deploy the airbag, called ammonium nitrate, which caused pieces of shrapnel to be projected at drivers and occupants.
Toyota Unintended Acceleration – In 2009, Toyota started the recall of what would end up totaling 4.4 million vehicles and costing the automaker $1.2 billion. Vehicles included the Tundra and the Lexus.
Have you been injured by a faulty vehicle part?
The Dallas vehicle defect attorneys at Guajardo & Marks might be able to help. If you or a loved has been injured in an accident caused by a faulty vehicle part, you can take legal action to secure payment for the injuries that you’ve suffered. Contact us today for a free review of your case.
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