When an Auto Accident is the Result of a Defect
In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had released data stating that 2014 was one of the worst years ever for automotive safety. With recalls for defective GM ignition switches and exploding airbags, millions of drivers were forced to head to their nearest dealership to fix major problems with their vehicles. According to the NHTSA, there were 803 automobile recalls, covering an astounding 63.9 million vehicles in 2014.
The scary part of the report is that it found that 46 million of these cars had not participated in the recalls and were still on the road. You may think your car is safe and that’s the reason you don’t get the issue fixed. Besides, who wants to hang around a dealership waiting for his/her car to be serviced? But these recalls are your own safety. If you get into an auto accident and the cause is because of a defective part, you may receive serious injuries or it could be fatal.
So let’s say you’re driving to work when your brakes stop working, causing you to crash. You regularly have your car maintained and there are no recalls for your vehicle. What should your next move be?
If there are no recalls on your car at the time of the accident, then you have the chance to file a product liability lawsuit against the automobile manufacturer. Like with any lawsuit, it’s essential to preserve the evidence after the accident such as photos and witness accounts. Also important is expert opinion who can confirm that the cause of your accident is because of a manufacturing defect.
If you get into an auto accident and the cause is a defect in your vehicle, you’re going to need an experienced personal injury lawyer to assist you with your case. The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been handling these type of cases for 26 years. Contact us today for a free consultaiton.