Trusted Riverside Auto Product Liability Lawyers
In a typical car accident claim, victims of Riverside crashes can file a claim against the driver responsible for the crash. When the at-fault party is an auto manufacturer, the legal process could become more complicated. It is possible for victims to pursue financial compensation for their losses by filing an auto product liability claim against the vehicle or part manufacturer. In such cases, plaintiffs must prove that the part was defective and that they were injured by the defective part.
The nationally renowned auto product liability attorneys at Bisnar Chase have represented individuals who have been catastrophically injured as a result of vehicle defects. We have represented victims who lost loved ones, those who were paralyzed or suffered traumatic brain injuries that affected them for the rest of their lives.
We have helped these victims obtain compensation for losses such as medical expenses, lost income, loss of livelihood and pain and suffering. We have the commitment, resources and firepower to stand up and fight against negligent automakers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Riverside car accident caused by a defective auto part, please contact us for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
All auto manufacturers have a legal responsibility to design, manufacture and distribute vehicles that are safe for consumers. All too often, auto manufacturers put drivers, vehicle occupants and other commuters in danger by selling poorly designed and defectively manufactured vehicles and parts. When defective autos result in injuries or fatalities, auto manufacturers can be held accountable for the losses of victims and their families.
When an Investigation is Needed
Whenever injuries or fatalities are reported as the result of a Riverside car accident, it will be necessary to determine what caused the crash. It is important that the vehicle is preserved for a thorough investigation by an expert who can help determine if a defective vehicle or auto part caused or contributed to the incident. Here are some of the circumstances, which may warrant such an investigation:
- The car's airbags failed to deploy or deployed suddenly or inadvertently.
- The accident was caused by a tire blowout or tire tread separation.
- The vehicle accelerated suddenly and went out of control.
- The brakes failed to work properly.
- The seat restraint system failed to keep the occupants secured in the seats.
- The seatback failed to remain latched during the crash.
- The vehicle rolled over.
- The vehicle's roof caved in.
Auto Defects and Safety Recalls
When a number of complaints are filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about a specific part or vehicle, an investigation may take place to determine if a recall is recommended. Here are some of the most common auto defects and examples of recent recalls:
- Defective tires: Firestone had to recall tires on Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers after 200 people were killed and 3,000 major injuries resulted from catastrophic tire failures and tread separations that caused rollover crashes.
- Defective airbags: There have been many airbag recalls in recent years. Takata has had one of the largest auto recalls in history.
- Defective brakes: It is extremely dangerous to operate a vehicle with defective brakes. Toyota voluntarily recalled 233,000 Prius hybrid vehicles and 9,000 Lexus hybrid models that were manufactured between March and October 2009 for brake pressure issues
- Defective accelerator systems: Toyota recalled about 5.2 million vehicles for pedal entrapment and floor mat problems that made vehicles accelerate beyond the control of the driver.
- Defective seat belts: In one of the largest recalls in history, Japanese and American auto companies recalled approximately 8.8 million vehicles. The defective seatbelt buckles failed to lock securely resulting in 539 consumer complaints and at least 47 injuries.
If You Have Been Injured
If you have been injured because of a defective auto part, there are steps you would be well advised to take in order to get the support you need. Immediately after suffering an injury, you should:
- Call the authorities and remain at the site of the accident
- Write down exactly what you were doing before the accident
- Gather contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the crash
- Request for your vehicle to be preserved for a complete inspection
- Avoid repairing your vehicle
- Take photos of the part of the vehicle that you believe was defective
- Seek medical attention right away to document your injuries and maximize your chances for a full recovery
- Investigate Online if your vehicle is currently under investigation
- File a report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and stay abreast of any ongoing investigation or recall
- Find legal resources available to you to ensure that your rights are protected
To find out if you have a claim contact our Riverside personal injury attorneys for a free case review. We will go over the case with you free of cost. If we represent you, there will be no fee unless we win. Call 800-561-4887