California Auto Defect Lawyers
Not every personal injury lawyer specializes or has extensive experience in auto defect cases, especially those caused by serious defects like sudden unintended acceleration and seat-back failure. These auto defects can cause serious and catastrophic injuries that change a person or family forever. Our California auto defect attorneys have taken on big cases and won.
We have collected over $250M in settlements and verdicts and have the resources to take on some of the toughest cases. Contact us today for a free case review to find out if you have a case. The advice is free and the outcome may be priceless. For a free consultation call 800-561-4887.
A Strong Legal Team to Fight Auto Defects
It is important to remember that automakers are large corporations that have high-powered legal defense teams at their beck and call. Anyone who intends to fight these corporations cannot and should not do it alone. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective auto part or a vehicle defect, you need a renowned California auto defect lawyer on your side who will fight for your rights every step of the way.
You need a law firm that has the motivation and resources to conduct independent investigations and testing. You need a strong team of auto defect attorneys who are on a mission to hold wrongdoers accountable and make the world a safer place for consumers.
Brian Chase, Senior Partner:
“I went to law school knowing I wanted to be a personal injury attorney. I wanted my life’s work to have a positive impact on other people’s lives. We have to hold big corporations responsible. It's the right thing to do.”
A Troubling Picture
Automakers recalled over 250 Million cars in the past 2 decades for potentially fatal defects that could cause serious injuries or death at any time. Anyone who has been injured because of an auto defect like this deserves to be compensated by the car manufacturer that allowed the defect that caused their injuries to remain in their cars.
2015 was a big year for recalls. Takata airbags had the largest recall in history. Automakers recalled as many vehicles as they sold in the year 2012 and 2015. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other media reports, the auto industry sold around 14.5 million vehicles in 2012, which was a 13 percent increase over the previous year.
However, they also recalled more than 14.3 million current and past vehicle models during the same year. This is an amazing statistic because it highlights the number of vehicles out on our roadways that are defective or have faulty parts in them. There are millions more vehicles that have not been recalled despite having defective parts in them.
As vehicles are being recalled in larger numbers due to various manufacturing defects and design flaws, it is very important that consumers are aware of vehicle safety and defective auto recalls. That said, automakers have a duty of care to consumers to manufacture safe and reliable vehicles. Unfortunately, we have seen evidence for decades that automakers, sometimes deliberately, choose to disregard that duty and recklessly endanger the lives of millions of people who buy their vehicles and make them profitable as corporations.
Examples of Defective Auto Parts
Devastating injuries can occur whenever an auto part fails to work properly and a vehicle malfunctions. Automakers are required to put their vehicles through rigorous testing before putting them on the market. But, often, automakers put profits before consumer safety. As a result, they install substandard parts in the vehicle to boost profits. The quality of the auto parts and safety features in a vehicle significantly affect its crash-worthiness - which is the ability of a vehicle to protect its occupants in the event of a crash.
Some of the most common vehicle defects that cause car accidents and spur recalls involve:
- Tires: A tire blowout can be extremely dangerous. When a defective tire undergoes tread separation at freeway speeds, the vehicle may veer out of control or roll over. In such cases it may be very difficult even for an experienced driver to regain control of the vehicle.
- Seat belts: Whenever a passenger is ejected from a vehicle, it must be determined if he or she was wearing a seatbelt that failed to work properly.
- Car seats: When an infant or booster seat is defective, there is the potential for serious injuries to young children.
- Seat backs: A flimsy or defective seat-back may collapse and cause the vehicle occupant to get thrown around in the vehicle. This often results in catastrophic injuries.
- Brakes: It is extremely dangerous to operate a vehicle that does not have properly working brakes.
- Accelerator pedals: There have been a number of recalls lately involving accelerator pedals that stick and remain depressed, causing sudden acceleration or unintended acceleration.
- Airbags: A defective airbag can either fail to protect the driver during an accident or suddenly inflate and cause serious injuries to vehicle occupants.
- Vehicle rollovers: Defective vehicle design could increase the propensity of vehicle rollovers. For example, 15 passenger vans and older-model SUVs are particularly prone to rolling over because of their top-heavy design.
- Roof crush: Vehicles that rollover are meant to have strong roofs to resist the weight of the car so that the passengers inside are kept safe. When roofs fail it can result in major injuries or death.
It is important for all California motorists to stay abreast of recalls and investigations. When there have been a number of similar complaints about a specific vehicle or part, the manufacturer may have to conduct an investigation.
In some cases, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will step in to conduct an independent investigation and/or an engineering analysis. If the investigation results in the determination that the auto part is defective, a recall will be initiated.
What Makes a Car Part Defective?
A defective product fails to execute the task it was designed to perform. There are many reasons why an auto part can become defective. Some parts have a defective design that makes them prone to breaking or malfunctioning. Parts that are poorly designed can fail even when they are assembled correctly. In other cases, auto parts are poorly built. Manufacturing defects typically involve a limited number of parts that were built at a specific plant for a short period of time when the required specifications were not followed.
Proving That a Part is Defective
It is absolutely vital to your case that your vehicle is preserved for a complete and thorough inspection. Resist the temptation to repair or get rid of your car. In fact, the vehicle is the most important piece of evidence in an auto defect case. An expert will be able to thoroughly analyze the vehicle for defects, malfunctions and other evidence when it is preserved in its original state unaltered.
In order to have a successful auto defect claim against an auto manufacturer, you will have to prove that:
- The auto part was defective in some way;
- That the faulty product resulted in the accident and or injuries;
- You suffered a physical, financial or emotional loss as a result of the defect.
Finding The Right Auto Defect Lawyer
We have collected over $250M and have the resources to take on very difficult cases. Senior partner, Brian Chase specializes in California auto defect cases as does his team of trial attorneys. We can pursue your case with experience and passion. With over 10,000 clients served and hundreds of millions in victories, Bisnar Chase is ready to fight for you. We've helped some pretty special people with serious auto defect cases. Jaklin Romine received $24.7 million for her defective driver's seat case. Felipe Rojas recovered a very large confidential settlement for a seatbelt failure after being hit by a drunk driver. If you need an attorney to take your case to another level, please consider Bisnar Chase. See all case results.
Some of Our Honors
- 2015 Consumer Attorneys of California President (Brian Chase)
- 2015 Top 1% Lawyers by the NADC
- 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year for Product Defects
- 2013 Top Attorney in Orange County
- California Supreme Court and Appellate Court Case Winners
Contact us today for a free review of your California auto defect case.