Have You or a Loved One Been Injured by a Defective Automobile?
In Los Angeles, people depend on the safety and reliability of their vehicles—possibly more so than anywhere else. Vehicles are made up of a large number of parts, and it only takes one defective or improperly designed part to severely injure an individual. If you or a family member has been seriously injured by a defective automobile or automobile part, you should speak with a lawyer from the firm immediately. Even when the accident was the fault of another driver, an attorney should review the case. In some situations, having a working car part could have prevented injuries from being catastrophic or permanent.
Whether your injuries were primarily caused by the faulty car part or was just worsened by it, there is a chance an attorney can help you could recover the compensation that you are due. This usually includes compensation for injuries, medical bills, future medical bills, loss of wages, future loss of wages, pain and suffering and more. When dealing with car parts, the public relies on the honest and thorough testing of the manufacturer, possibly more than with any other type of product. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in which defective airbags,
engine defects or
seat belt failure was involved, it is crucial that you have legal representation from a
Los Angeles product liability lawyer at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation.
Prominence of Safety Recalls
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigates potential automobile defects. The federal agency has the ability to order manufacturers to recall defective vehicles or their parts and remedy the situation. An order is necessary when the manufacturer has not already issued a recall on its own. When making decisions of whether to order recalls, NHTSA examines complaints by consumers and other data in order to determine whether the defect is a widespread problem. Historical recall numbers show that defective vehicles are no small issue. The NHTSA has overseen more than 502 million vehicles since 1966, according to a New York Times article published in January 2012.
While recalls exist for the purpose of keeping drivers safe, it is not always possible to prevent accidents and injuries that can result from faulty automobile products. In some instances, recalls are not issued in a timely manner, or they are not issued at all. These types of mistakes—along with the actual manufacturing mistake itself—can lead to accidents, which can cause injury, or even death. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Defending Your Case With Aggressive Representation
Automobile defects can occur at various stages, such as the manufacturing process or the shipping process. In order to bring a strong product liability case against the responsible party, you will need to show the following:
- your vehicle or vehicle part had an unreasonably dangerous defect that caused your injury;
- the injury was obtained when the product was being used properly; and
- you did not substantially change the product from the condition in which it was sold.
Vehicles that are allowed to enter the market with faulty parts, such as weak roofs or the inability to withstand the impact of a crash, can lead to serious consequences. Car manufacturers unfortunately choose profit over safety in some instances, and when they do, lives can be shattered.
At our firm, we can provide you with aggressive representation so that you can improve your chances of receiving monetary damages, which will help you in the recovery process. The knowledge and experience of our attorneys can benefit anyone who has been injured by a defective automobile product. Please call our firm today for a free consultation.