If you were in an accident due to a defective vehicle, your insurance company should cover your costs appropriately. You did not cause the defect, so you are not at fault. However, your insurance company may try to argue that they should not have to pay a penny. They have a multitude of reasons for this: You weren’t driving responsibly, pushing the car too hard, or maybe you purchased the car while already knowing about a defect in order to receive monetary compensation. Oliver Law Group P.C. knows how to fight these accusations for the compensation that you certainly deserve.
The Laws Against Defects
In order to keep drivers and passengers safe, there are federal laws in place known as the “Motor Vehicle Defects Law.” These laws mandate that all recalls should be made available to the public online in order for them to be made aware and receive the proper service needed to remedy defects. Normally, replacement parts and repairs are done for free. But just because manufacturers are required to address defects promptly does not mean they will actually do so. That’s why you need a Troy product liability attorney to represent you when you are struggling with a defective vehicle claim.
Spotting a Defective Vehicle
Vehicle defects can be incredibly obvious, or they may sneak up when you least expect it. A car or truck could be running like a dream for months until winter hits. If anyone’s safety is at risk, the defect should be reported to the National Highway Traffic Association. Often, these defects do not just happen to one car – they can affect entire lines of the same make and model.
Common Defects Include:
- Heating system defects that result in spontaneous fires
- Faulty airbags that deploy without warning
- Sudden loss of function in critical systems such as power steering or brakes
Who Is Liable?
In product liability cases, there is more than one type of claim for a vehicle. Claims concerning parts are separated from those that concern a defective and dangerous design. Both require proof that the vehicle was defective, and both require proof that the injuries sustained were directly caused by that defect. Anyone injured by a vehicle’s defect is eligible for compensation, regardless of whether they owned or co-owned the vehicle.
The manufacturer, shipper, and dealership could all hold different degrees of responsibility. After all, a vehicle has to pass through all of these channels before leaving the lot, so all could possibly be held accountable.
Product liability cases are not simple, easy, or quickly solved. Your attorney can guide you through each step of the process and handle the most frustrating, complicated challenges so you don’t have to.
Call our Troy defective vehicle attorneys today to request a free consultation.