At the law offices of Day, Shell & Liljenquist, one of our single most common types of personal injury case handled is the automobile accident. Car accidents make up a large percentage of personal injury claims around the country, with many cases where negligence or liability on the part of one driver leaves others seeking damages and compensation.
A related but different area that some drivers may have claims in: Defects in motor vehicles, whether we’re talking cars, trucks, SUVs or other options. If you or anyone you know is hurt due to manufacturing defects in a vehicle, you could have a product liability claim to file. Let’s go over the types of claims possible here, who the defendants will be, and how our attorneys will help if you’re in this position.
Claim Types and Examples
There are a couple forms of defective vehicle claim types that might be applicable to your situation:
- Poor manufacturing of vehicles or parts: In many cases, this type of claim will allege that the defect took place during the manufacturing process. The company in charge of manufacturing the part or set of parts can be held liable for injuries resulting from issues with that faulty part directly. An example of this would be a vehicle that’s designed properly, but contains defective brakes.
- Inherently dangerous vehicle design: In other situations, the vehicle or a part will an inherent defect that was part of the original design process. In these cases, this entire line of models may be defective, and could lead to large lawsuits. An example here would be SUVs prone to rollover, which may require a recall.
Possible Claim Defendants
There are a few different parties who may be named as the defendant in a defective vehicle lawsuit:
- Manufacturing company: A group that will have significant insurance funds, but will also usually have a strong team of lawyers and may fight the charges.
- Parts manufacturer: Many auto companies outsource manufacturing of certain parts or components, then receive these parts and build the final vehicle from them. In some cases, the outsourced company will be responsible for a defect and will be named as a defendant.
- Shipper or middleman: If issues take place during the chain of distribution, those involved in this chain may be liable.
- Dealership or supply store: Those in charge of selling these products may also be liable in some cases. This may include used car dealerships, who can be liable for certain kinds of defects as well.
How We Can Help
If you’re unsure whether a defect with your vehicle may leave you with a claim against the manufacturer or a related party, call our offices right away. Our personal injury attorneys can assess your situation and inform you of your possible options.
For more on this, or to learn about any of our family law, estate planning or worker’s compensation law services, speak to the staff at the offices of Day, Shell & Liljenquist today.