Experienced Representation for Vehicle Defects in RI and MA
Auto accidents are among the leading causes of death and serious injury in the United States. While we typically think of accidents as being caused by aggressive driving, distracted driving, and other kinds of driver errors, there is another equally-dangerous cause as well: dangerous and defective auto parts.
We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients injured in auto accidents involving defective parts, and our lawyers are intimately familiar with the legal issues involved with auto defects. We know what it takes to win these challenging cases, and we pride ourselves on doing whatever it takes to get our clients the compensation they deserve.
What You Need to Know About Vehicle Defects
What Constitutes a Defect
A defect is any problem that makes a product unsafe for its intended use. From a legal perspective, defects are unique because of the expectations we have as consumers. When we buy a product, we expect it to be safe as long as we use it properly and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. This is particularly true when it comes to vehicles.
In Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and most states around the country, the law recognizes three specific types of auto product defects:
- Design Defects – Problems with the design or engineering of an auto part that make it unsafe for use
- Manufacturing Defects – Cracks, assembly errors, and other issues arising during the manufacturing process
- Warning Defects – Inadequate disclosure of unexpected and serious risks associated with proper use of the product
When an auto part is defective, the dealership, manufacturer, and all other companies involved in the chain of distribution can be held liable for any injuries or deaths that result.
Common Vehicle Defects
Defects can affect virtually all components of a vehicle and present a variety of different types of risks. Some common examples include:
- Defective airbags
- Faulty headlamps and brake lights
- Faulty ignition switches and gas pedals
- Faulty steering systems
- Faulty transmissions
- Floor mats that interfere with pedal operation
- Fuel system defects, which can lead to vehicle fires
- Seatbelt and airbag defects
- Structural defects, which can lead to roof crushes and crumple zone failures
- Tire defects
- Weight distribution problems, which can lead to vehicle rollovers
Problems with Manufacturer Recalls
When an auto maker learns of a defect in its vehicles, it is supposed to promptly issue a public recall and correct the problem in order to avoid as many accidents and injuries as possible.
Unfortunately, not all defective vehicles get recalled; and, when recalls come, they often come too late. In addition, many recalls fail to adequately explain the problem, and often they do not make their way to all owners of the affected vehicles. As a result, despite good intentions, recalls typically are inadequate to completely rectify all of the problems associated with vehicle defects.
Of course, good intentions are not always at play. For one reason or another, major auto manufacturers have been known to stay silent when faced with evidence of significant defects. When a manufacturer fails to act despite knowing about a harmful – or potentially fatal – problem, this only serves to strengthen victims’ claims for maximum compensation.
Truck and Bus Accidents Involving Defects
It is important to note that you are entitled to recover for losses sustained in vehicle defect accidents regardless of whether the defect affected your vehicle or someone else’s. This includes defects in commercially owned and government-operated trucks and buses.
Truck and bus accidents are particularly dangerous due to the sheer size and limited maneuverability of these commercial vehicles. A defect that causes a trucker or bus driver to suddenly lose control can have catastrophic consequences. Our firm has particular experience representing victims of trucking accidents and bus accidents.
What to do if You Suspect You Were Injured by a Vehicle Defect
If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident and you suspect that a defect may be to blame, it is important that you speak with a knowledgeable attorney right away. The auto manufacturers pay their lawyers millions of dollars to fight claims of product defects, because they know that one successful defect claim is likely to open the floodgates for more lawsuits to follow. As a result, you need to act quickly to preserve your claim, and you need an experienced legal team that can help you level the playing field. You need The Bottaro Law Firm on your side.
Contact The Bottaro Law Firm About Your Auto Defect Case
Our team of attorneys, paralegals, and investigators is ready to take your case and help you fight for just compensation for your auto defect injuries. To get started with your claim, call (866) 529-9700 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.