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Who Can I Sue if My Car Accident Was Caused By Defective Auto Equipment?

Driver error is the most common cause of car accidents, but sometimes there are situations where a third party may be at fault. Automakers recalled a record 51.26 million vehicles in 2015 because of a number of design and manufacturing defects that could or may have resulted in accidents. If a car isn’t recalled in time, or the defective part is missed, and it directly causes you to be injured in an accident, who can you sue?

Identifying every possible defendant in your case is important because many parties may be liable for your injuries. In cases involving car accidents, the following may be defendants in a product liability lawsuit:

  • Manufacturer: Typically a large company, such as Honda or Mercedes-Benz, that may have more money to compensate you for your injuries, but also have the ability to hire a team of high-priced attorneys.
  • Parts manufacturer: If your case involves a defective part, such as the tires or the brakes, be sure to include the manufacturer of the part if they are separate from the vehicle manufacturer. You should sue both the vehicle and parts manufacturer, unless you purchased the parts separately, in which case only the parts manufacturer may be liable.
  • Car dealership: Whoever sold you the vehicle may be liable for your damages if they knew or should have known about the defective equipment.
  • Middleman or shipper: Any company that is part of the chain of distribution between the manufacturer and the dealership may be liable for your damages if they are at fault for the defective auto equipment.

If you have been injured in an accident as a result of defective auto equipment, contact our Los Angeles product liability attorneys at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation today.

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