What Happens When Your Car Accident Was Caused by a Defective Part
Car accidents are usually caused by driver error. However, in certain situations a defective car part can play a role. A defective part can contribute to the damages caused or be the very cause itself. Over time, car parts become warn and can fail simply from wear and tear. In order to prevent that, proper and regular car maintenance can help. However, sometimes a manufacturers place profits over safety and release vehicles that are inherently unsafe.
One of the more common defective parts that can result in serious injuries are airbags. When an impact occurs, an air bag within the steering wheel is supposed to automatically deploy preventing serious head injuries. As part of the supplemental restraint system, air bags are also installed to prevent shoulder and leg injures when the origin of the impact is the side of the vehicle. A defective airbag can cause injury if it underinflates, overinflates or deploys unexpectedly without impact.
Another key safety feature in a vehicle that may fail and cause serious injury are the brakes. Brakes are the first line of defense that may not only lessen the damage from the impact but can prevent it in the first place. In case of a roll over, the roof of the car is required to be rigid enough to avoid collapsing, preventing serious injuries to the occupants. When manufacturers car corners and use inferior materials, a roof may collapse and worsen the injuries to the occupants when a roll over occurs. Seatbelts may also malfunction by failing to properly restrain occupants in a car accident.
Electrical systems control everything in a modern car, from the temperature inside the cabin to the safety systems, including impact sensors, brakes and airbags. Moreover, a defective electrical system may cause a fire leading to serious injury.
Typical accidents caused by defective parts go unreported because driver error may be the primary cause. If a defective part is suspected, vehicle manufacturers employ armies of lawyers ready to prevent victims of products liability from receiving compensation.
At the Perazzo Law Firm, our professionals have a wealth of experience fighting for just compensation for our clients. Our lawyers have dedicated their careers to seeking compensation for the injuries suffered from the carelessness or negligence of large corporations. Please call for your free consultation 786 LAWS 411.