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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.
If a defective auto part causes a car accident or makes your accident injuries worse, there are several ways in which you may recover compensation. You will need to show injuries and losses, a defect by the manufacturer, defect in design or failure to warn. The defect also must be shown to have caused your injury.
In most auto accident lawsuits, you must prove the other party’s negligence caused your injuries. But with vehicle defects, there are other rules in play, such as:
Strict liability requires you to prove the vehicle or auto part was defective, and this is what caused your injuries. This is different than a negligence lawsuit where you must show the manufacturer’s actions were under a defined standard of care.
Breach of express or implied warranty also can be in play in this type of action. Vehicles and their parts often have a written warranty. If the defective part or vehicle violates the warranty, there could be liability. Even if there is not a written warranty, many states have minimum standards that vehicles and their component parts must meet, regardless.
Some defective design cases could already have a class action lawsuit in existence that you may join. For instance, some vehicles have defective tires or brakes, and an attorney already may be suing the manufacturer. If you join a class action lawsuit, you do not need to pay anything, but you can reap significant financial rewards in some cases.
There are many 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 2016:
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.
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.