Drivers know they should always be on alert when behind the wheel. They look out for other drivers that might pose a threat, such as the reckless driver suddenly shifting lanes without signaling or the driver carelessly speeding through an intersection with no regard to traffic signals. We look for these things because most accidents are caused by human error.
Defective vehicle parts can cause terrible crashes. When a motorist suffers serious injuries in one of these crashes, they might be wondering who can be held responsible. At Guajardo & Marks, we have years of experience in these types of crashes, and we can tell you that when a defective vehicle part causes a person serious injuries, the victim can take legal action against a manufacturer to receive compensation.
Understanding Automotive Product Liability
Automotive product liability is a term used to described an area of the law that deals with faulty vehicle parts and the responsibility of the maker of those parts. Essentially, if a defective tire or airbag causes someone harm, that person can hold the manufacturer accountable for the costs associated with their injury.
Let’s look at an example to illustrate this point. You are driving down Interstate 30 and your tire suddenly blows out. This causes you to veer off the road and hit a guardrail. You are taken to the hospital and treated for several serious injuries. After looking online, you discover that the tire on your vehicle has been the subject of several complaints by other drivers. Meanwhile, you’ve lost significant time at work because of your crash, and the medical bills relating to your injury are piling up.
In this scenario, the manufacturer of the defective tire can be held responsible for your costs stemming from the crash. Those costs might include medical bills, property damage and lost time at work. An experienced defective vehicle accident attorney can help you determine who is responsible and how much you should seek in an automotive product liability claim.
How Common are Defective Vehicle Crashes?
While the large majority of vehicle crashes are caused by human error, faulty vehicle parts do play a part in several car accidents every year. The Texas Department of Transportation publishes an annual list of crashes in the state. In 2015, TxDOT reported that:
- Defective or slick tires caused 2,138 crashes in Texas, resulting in at least 130 incapacitating injury crashes and 68 fatal crashes.
- Defective or no brakes caused 567 crashes in Texas, resulting in 12 incapacitating injury crashes and 9 fatal crashes.
- Defective steering mechanisms caused 406 crashes in Texas, resulting in 17 incapacitating injury crashes.
Several other faulty parts also caused crashes, including defective headlamps, defective hitch trailers and defective turn signals.
How Attorneys Approach These Cases
Automotive product liability cases are very different than other types of cases. They often require a working knowledge of complex issues, such as the build, design and functionality of vehicle parts. They also require the dedication and resources to match the efforts of large manufacturing companies. These companies often employ large legal teams and insurance companies who have systems in place to fight claims of legal liability.
The automotive product liability attorneys at Guajardo & Marks put our experience and resources to work for clients, making sure that every case receives thorough preparation, detailed investigations and the utmost dedication.
People Suffer Dearly from Faulty Vehicle Parts
When someone is injured in a vehicle crash, they face many challenges. These injuries are often severe and extremely costly. Examples of serious injuries in defective vehicle crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal damage
- Loss of limbs
- Wrongful death.
In addition to these injuries, victims face ongoing medical expenses, diminished work capacity and lost time from their jobs. These financial obstacles make it much more difficult to cope with a serious injury. For families that have lost a loved one in a defective vehicle crash, they are forced to deal with the emotional fallout from the death of a family member while struggling with similar financial hardships.
Guajardo & Marks Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because of a defective vehicle part, contact Guajardo & Marks to learn more about your options. We fight for our clients to make sure they get the compensation they deserve. Though these cases can seem complex, our firm has a working knowledge of complicated engineering and design issues, and we also have a track record of standing up to the interests of large automobile manufacturers.
Contact Guajardo & Marks today to schedule a free consultation of your case. We earn no fee unless we win.