Auto designers and manufacturers are supposed to keep us safe. When you get a car in Brookhaven, you expect it to work as designed. Unfortunately, some car parts fail and cause severe injuries. If you suffered injuries from auto defects, you might be eligible for compensation.
Vehicle manufacturers must ensure their cars (and car parts) are safe. When a defect leads to an accident, someone is responsible for the costs. As a victim, you should not have to pay. You deserve strong legal counsel from an experienced lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we have the experience and knowledge you need. We’ve been helping injured clients for over 20 years. Let us give you a FREE consultation to learn more. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Common Types of Auto Defects
Vehicles can contain defects for many reasons. The car might have a faulty design that causes issues. Or, something could have gone wrong during manufacturing. The defect can affect the entire vehicle or just one component.
Examples of auto defects include:
- Airbags that deploy incorrectly
- Defective seat belts
- Seatbacks that break or fail
- Brake failure
- Defects that lead to rollovers
- Door latch defects
- Tire blowouts
- Sudden acceleration
- Collapsing roofs during a rollover
- Power steering failure
It’s common for clients to blame themselves. They might not realize how much a defect contributed to the crash. Other victims won’t recognize a crashworthiness issue.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crashworthiness reduces severe and fatal accident injuries. The truth is, we cannot prevent all accidents from happening. But manufacturers should make cars that protect occupants during a crash.
Auto defects can either accidents or make accident injuries worse. In some cases, they do both. If defective parts relate to your accident, contact a lawyer today. Your lawyer will investigate the details so that you know your rights.
Who Is Liable After Defective Design or Manufacturing Causes an Accident
Companies that design and sell vehicles have a “duty of care.” They must ensure that their products are safe. Those responsible for an auto defect accident may include:
- Vehicle manufacturers
- Vehicle part manufacturers
- Car retailers
- Auto distributors
If a product causes injuries, the manufacturer could be liable (Georgia Code §51-1-11). Manufacturing companies must ensure their products are safe. If defective products fail, the company can be responsible.
Those selling the car might also be at fault. A company should only sell a product if they know it to be safe. Defective auto parts can cause severe injuries or death. If an accident happens, the responsible parties should pay.
After-market manufacturers must also recall products that don’t meet safety standards. If there is a recall, companies must notify owners of the defective car part. As you can see, liability is complicated after a defective part accident. It’s best to speak with an experienced lawyer to know your options.
Injuries from Defective Auto Parts in Brookhaven
Defective auto parts are not uncommon. Recalls throughout history have happened because of injuries or deaths. Sadly, defective designs can still cause serious accidents.
Common injuries from auto defects include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal organ damage
- Permanent scarring
- Hearing or vision loss
- Injuries resulting in death
Car defects injuries can affect your entire life. You might have painful injuries or disabilities that prevent you from working. Scarring or other disfigurements can cause embarrassment or shame. Or, maybe a loved one died in an auto defect accident.
If you or a loved one were injured, you have options. Talk to a lawyer today about your compensation rights. You could have a product liability claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party.
To learn more, contact John Foy & Associates today. Our lawyers have been helping injured clients for over 20 years. Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
Damages from Defective Vehicle Design Accidents
An accident can affect your life in many ways. Your claim will need to show the losses you face like:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
Keep track of all costs from your accident. If the crash caused these losses, you can include them in your claim. Also, consider all future medical treatment that you might need.
If possible, complete all treatment before filing your claim. Your settlement should account for current and future medical costs. If you need ongoing treatment, your case should show that. Talk to an experienced lawyer who can calculate your full costs.
Calculating Pain and Suffering
Not all damages are physical. Auto defects can lead to a lot of emotional damages, like:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Anxiety or depression
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
Emotional damages do not have set dollar amounts. You’ll need a lawyer who can factor pain and suffering into your claim.
Of course, money cannot make up for emotional losses. But we find that compensation helps accident victims and their families tie up loose ends. You can at least pay for your costs and begin to move on.
After your accident, you have two years to file a case. That time goes quickly, so don’t wait to get started. Contact a trusted lawyer to discuss your accident today.
Get a Free Consultation with a Brookhaven Car Accident Lawyer Now
Unfortunately, too many companies put money above well-being. If a defect caused your accident, you have rights. Our lawyers can identify the guilty party and how they’re responsible.
Product liability cases are complicated and unique. At John Foy & Associates, we’ll guide you through the process. Our goal is to get you full compensation for your injury costs. You should not have to suffer from a company’s mistakes.
Call us today to discuss your case options. Working with us is risk-free because:
- We do not charge a fee unless we win your case.
- If you win, our fee is simply a percentage of your settlement.
- There are no upfront costs.
- The consultation is 100% FREE.
Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get your FREE consultation.