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Accidents Caused by Auto Defects

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If a product you purchased, like a toy or an electronic device, is defective in some way, it is possible that you could become injured. However, if a car or other motor vehicle is defective, the risk of being seriously or fatally injured increases significantly, especially if the defect causes a car accident while you are traveling at a high speed. Despite your efforts to use your seatbelt, follow the speed limits, and otherwise practice safe driving habits, if the vehicle you are driving fails to function properly because of an auto defect, it can jeopardize the safety of everyone in the car.

When this happens, it is in your best interest to speak to a skilled product liability lawyer as soon as possible. Examples of auto defects that have caused serious injuries include:

  • SUVs and ATVs that tend to roll over
  • Car that come equipped with tires that are prone to blowouts
  • Motorcycles that tend to wobble when traveling at high speeds

There are two main types of defects that can occur in a vehicle, including:

  • Manufacturing Defects: This type of defect occurs when there is a mistake or a flaw in the manufacturing process. This could either occur at the facility where the vehicle is manufactured, during the shipping of the vehicle, or an error at the dealership. Typically, these affect a relatively small amount of a vehicle’s inventory.
  • Design Defects: This category of defects includes vehicles that have dangerous design flaws, which can affect an entire product line. Oftentimes, these defective designs are only discovered after the vehicle has been on the market for some time.

Identifying Liability in a Product Liability Claim 

In a product liability case involving auto defects, our product liability lawyers will identify all the potential defendants, which could include the following:

  • Manufacturer: While a large automobile manufacturer may have a sizable amount of money to compensate you for your injuries, it is also likely that they have a team of lawyers ready to aggressively defend their case.
  • Parts Manufacturer: If the manufacturer of a specific part, like a battery or a tire, is different from the manufacturer of the vehicle, we will be sure to include them as a defendant.
  • Car Dealership or Automotive Supply Shop: This would be whoever sold the vehicle or specific part that was defective.
  • Middleman or Shipper: Any company that is part of the chain of distribution can be held liable for your damages.
  • Used Car Dealer: In some cases, a used car dealership may be liable, depending on the circumstances of the case.

Proving Liability on a Motor Vehicle Defect

In order to make a liability claim on an auto defect, you must prove that the following three conditions exist:

  1. You were injured due to an “unreasonably dangerous” defect of the vehicle or one of its parts. This applies to defects in the design, errors in manufacturing and shipping, or a failure to warn consumers that a potentially dangerous feature exists.
  2. The auto defect caused an injury even though it was being used and operated appropriately.
  3. There were no substantial changes made to the condition of the vehicle.

Punitive Damages for Successful Claims 

A trend has emerged wherein product liability plaintiffs are receiving increased awards of punitive damages for successful claims against vehicle manufacturers or sellers. The damages, which can run as high as tens of millions of dollars, intend to penalize the manufacturers, and urge them to fix the existing defects.

New Jersey Product Liability Lawyers at Harold J. Gerr Seek Optimal Compensation for Victims of Auto Defects

 If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by an auto defect, it is in your best interest to contact one of the New Jersey product liability lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr as soon as possible. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the details of your case and aggressively pursue the maximum financial compensation for your injuries, protecting your rights every step of the way. To schedule a confidential consultation, call us today at 877-249-4600 or contact us online.

Our offices are located in Highland Park, New Jersey where we serve clients in New Brunswick, Edison, Somerset, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia, New Jersey.

 

 

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