Learn These Facts About Vehicle Defects and the Accidents They Cause
- November 18, 2014
- Vehicle Defects
Thousands of people are injured or killed every year in automobile accidents and many of these injuries and fatalities can be attributed to a defect in the vehicle. In some cases, the defect may have been the cause or a contributing factor in the actual collision or it could be the case that the accident was the result of driver negligence, but a vehicle defect helped to contribute to or cause injuries. With so many variables in play, these lawsuits can be very complex and it will take the representation of vehicle defect attorney to bring the case to a fair conclusion.
A vehicle defect that would cause an accident or contribute to injuries is ones that through a flaw in the manufacture or design cause either the vehicle or a component of the vehicle to be unreasonably dangerous. One example from recent memory is the Toyota recall where the car’s accelerator had a tendency to become stuck. Drivers were unable to stop their cars and as a result, this defect led to car accidents.
Facts About Vehicle Defects
An accident can occur as the result of a vehicle defect through no fault of the driver. A defect can also turn an accident that would have otherwise been less severe into a cause for catastrophic injury or possibly even death. These are some common vehicle defects that may cause or contribute to accidents and injuries.
- Faulty tires
- Braking systems that malfunction
- Structural flaws
- Defective seatbelts
- Airbags that fail to deploy
- Vehicles that are prone to rollover
- Wiring that may result in a fire
- Faulty steering systems
- Malfunctioning accelerators
- Insecure door latches
NHTSA Stats on Automobile Accidents and Causes
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration keeps statistics on automobile accidents and their causes. Their latest figures show that about 1.6% of all accidents either were caused by or had a vehicle defect as one of the contributing factors. This figure of 1.6% may actually be deceptive. Many studies have suggested that the contribution of a vehicle defect often goes undetected and that the figure could be much higher. Of the traffic accidents that resulted in a fatality, approximately 8% listed a vehicle defect as a contributing factor.
Vehicle Defect Cases are More Complicated
Injury claims that are the result of a vehicle defect are significantly different from claims that the accident and injuries were caused by driver negligence. Some of the same evidence may be used to establish the case, but there are different standards of evidence and different legal theories that apply. Along with that, it is very likely that there will be multiple defendants, whereas a negligence case usually only has one defendant.
A big part of a vehicle defect case is being able to find and identify the defect and then being able to demonstrate that it was a cause or contributing factor to the injuries. For the most part, this is not a simple task to achieve and will require the help of an experienced Dallas vehicle defect lawyer.