Car Accidents Caused by Auto Defects
According to a survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over a two-year period, 44,000 car accidents were caused by some type of failure or degradation of the vehicle’s components. While this represents only two percent of the crashes, it is still a significant number, which is cause for concern.
There are two main categories of auto defects that consumers should be aware of, including manufacturing defects and design defects.
- Manufacturing Defects: This type of defect occurs when there is an error or flaw in the manufacturing process. In most cases, these defects only affect a relatively small percentage of vehicles. For example, if a floormat was not installed properly, and it caused the vehicle to accelerate unintentionally, this would be considered a manufacturing defect.
- Design Defect: These are considerably more serious, as they can affect an entire product line, which can have a much more serious impact on consumers. If a vehicle does not meet government standards, it is considered prima facie defective. An example of an auto design defect is if the vehicle’s accelerator pedal has a design defect, which would impact every vehicle in the product line.
Examples of Defective Car Parts
Whether a defect occurred during the manufacturing process or the design process, defective car parts can cause serious car accidents. An experienced car accident lawyer can go over all the details of your case, and recover the appropriate damages if you were injured.
The following are some examples of common defective car parts:
- Defective Steering Mechanism: If a steering defect prevents the driver from being able to maneuver the car, serious accidents can occur.
- Defective Airbags: If the vehicle’s airbag fails to deploy, or it deploys when it is not supposed to, it jeopardizes the safety of the driver and passengers.
- Defective Tires: When tires are defective, motorists may have a difficult time maintaining control of the vehicle. A tire blowout can cause a vehicle to veer into another lane, which could result in a very serious accident.
- Defective Brakes: A vehicle’s brake system includes a number of components, including pads, pedals, and cylinders. If any of these components fail, particularly if the vehicle is traveling at a high speed, the driver could lose control of the car, causing a potentially serious collision.
What You Need to Know When Filing a Lawsuit
If you decide to pursue legal action, a Baltimore car accident lawyer can guide you through the process and protect your rights every step of the way. You will need to know the following:
- You must be able to prove that the defect caused the accident. This is more difficult than it sounds. In addition to securing the help of a lawyer, you need expert witnesses who can support your claim. If it has been established that the defect caused the accident, the seller will need to prove that the consumer does not have a case, which is a very difficult thing to do.
- Any injured party can sue. Anyone who has been injured as a result of a defective part has the right to sue, even if the injured person is not the owner of the vehicle.
- Manufacturer may be liable, even if vehicle was misused. Car manufacturers expect that consumers will misuse a product to a certain extent. Therefore, even if a driver was speeding, or overusing the brakes, the manufacturer may still be liable for injuries sustained in a car accident.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Justice for Victims of Auto Defects
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that was caused by an auto defect, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will work tirelessly to determine who is responsible for the defect and hold them liable for your injuries. Our dedicated team will protect your rights and obtain the maximum financial compensation you may deserve. To set up a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent injured victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.