Vehicle Defects and Mechanical Failures
Although most people rarely think about it, there is a lot that can go wrong with your (or someone else’s) car. We expect our cars to operate safely—and they usually do—and we do not often consider the risk of a mechanical failure leading to a serious accident. But, the reality is that car accidents involving mechanical failures are common. This includes both single-vehicle accidents and collisions involving two or more vehicles. If you have been injured in an accident and you suspect that a mechanical failure may be to blame, it will be important for you to speak with a product liability attorney promptly.
If you were driving along and you suddenly lost control, there is a very good chance that your accident was the result of a mechanical failure. Brake failures, engine failures, transmission failures, and other vehicle defects can all create perilous circumstances in which drivers are helpless to protect themselves.
If you were injured in a single-vehicle accident involving a mechanical failure, who is liable? In most cases, accident victims who suffer injuries due to mechanical failures will have product liability claims against:
What if you were involved in a collision with another vehicle and that vehicle suffered a mechanical failure? In this scenario, you can pursue claims just as you could if your own vehicle malfunctioned. If the other vehicle was defective, you can pursue a product liability claim against the relevant manufacturer. If the other vehicle suffered a mechanical failure due to negligent service work, then you can pursue a claim against the dealership or maintenance shop that worked on the vehicle.
Were you seriously injured in a car accident? Do you suspect that a mechanical failure was to blame? To discuss your legal rights with one of our experienced car accident and product liability lawyers in confidence, call 310-273-7300 or request a free consultation online today.