San Bernardino Auto Defect Lawyers at Bisnar Chase have won over $800 million for our clients. With over 45 years of experience, Bisnar Chase has established a 99% success rate and wants to represent you.
Automobiles are an integral part of our lives. This is true, especially in Southern California, where everyday life is nearly impossible without a car.
The average person in the United States takes four car trips a day. Automakers advertise their vehicles as “safe havens” or as a “refuge for the entire family.”
But are cars always designed and manufactured with as much safety in mind as is reasonably and technologically possible? When buying a new, used or certified car, you should not have to be concerned about whether or not the vehicle’s auto recalls or auto defects have been fixed or not.
By law, dealerships must fix any active and current auto recalls and or defects before the vehicle is sold to a customer.
If you look at the number of vehicles that are recalled each year, you will realize that vehicles are not always safe. Automakers are not always diligent about investing in vehicle safety.
If you have been involved in a car accident or have experienced a personal injury as a result of an auto defect, contact our team of skilled personal injury attorneys in San Bernardino for a free consultation and case evaluation.
For immediate assistance, Call 909-253-0750.
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How Much is an Auto Defect Case Worth?
How much your auto defect case is worth depends on the circumstances of your accident. Your personal injury lawsuit could be worth a few thousand or a 7 or 8-figure verdict or settlement. Our law firm has recovered 7,8, and 9 figure settlements for clients of ours injured in a car defect case.
The factors weighed in an auto defect injury lawsuit are:
- Injury severity: The case is likely to be more substantial the more serious the injuries are.
- The connection between the flaw and the harm: The injured party must demonstrate that the flaw was the real reason for their harm.
- How many people were hurt? The argument may also be strengthened if numerous victims of the same flaw exist.
- The presence of expert witnesses: Expert witnesses might offer insightful testimony regarding the flaw of the vehicle and its origin.
- Existence of earlier complaints or recalls: If the identical fault has previously been the subject of complaints or recalls, this may support the plaintiff’s claim.
- The defendant’s financial resources: The plaintiff’s capacity to obtain damages will be impacted by the defendant’s financial resources. This usually means going after multi-million dollar auto manufacturers.
To find out the value of your auto defect case, contact us for a free case evaluation. Our San Bernardino auto defect lawyers can investigate the accident.
Choose the San Bernardino Auto Defect Lawyers of Bisnar Chase
The San Bernardino auto defect lawyers at Bisnar Chase have a long and successful track record of handling these types of cases. We have the knowledge, skill, and tenacity to stand up and fight against large automakers.
We are not intimidated by them. Instead, we are driven by the passion to get justice and fair compensation for our clients.
We hope that our work in the area of product liability will help change the shape of cars in the future so they are safer for all consumers, not just those who can pay more to get better safety features. Auto safety should not be a luxury; it should be deemed a necessity.
If you have been injured due to a defective motor vehicle, please get in touch with us at Call 909-253-0750 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
Brian Chase specifically went to law school to become an auto defect lawyer. He was moved by the 1970s Ford Pinto cases where gas tanks erupted into fire and wanted to see safer vehicles on the road. The Grimshaw vs. Ford case made a lasting impact on Brian.
Driver Error or an Auto Defect?
When a catastrophic or fatal accident occurs, the tendency on the part of most people is to conclude that the drivers involved did something wrong. While in many cases, it is true that drivers are responsible for crashes, it is also often true that a product defect also contributed to the accident and or injuries.
For example, a driver may have overcorrected and caused an accident or rollover. However, if the roof is well designed so it does not crush or the seatbelt buckle is designed so it is strong and does not unlatch, then, the vehicle’s occupants will survive the accident and come out of it with minimal injuries.
However, in far too many cases, the role of a defective auto part is underplayed or never identified, the driver is blamed, the case is not litigated properly and the victim and his or her family do not get the justice they deserve.
Driver error is also a common excuse automakers freely use to escape liability for their defective products.
What Constitutes an Auto Defect?
Federal law defines auto safety as the performance of a vehicle or equipment that protects consumers against the “unreasonable risk of accidents” that occur due to the design, construction or performance of a motor vehicle, and against the unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident.
A safety defect is a problem in a motor vehicle or vehicle part that poses a risk to motor vehicle safety and may exist in a group of vehicles or vehicle parts of the same design or manufacture.
Auto Defects that can cause accidents, injuries or worsen the outcome of the situation consist of but are not limited to:
- Defective Seatbelts
- Seatback Failures
- Faulty Airbag Deployment
- Weak Roof and Roof Crush
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Loss of Power Steering
- Brake Failure
- Loss of Engine or Transmission Power
- Defective Tires (Tire Separation)
- Electrical System Failure
- Suspension Failure
- Door Latch Failure
- Fuel System Failure
If you suspect that a mechanical failure caused your accident, contact our San Bernardino auto defect lawyers for a free case evaluation.
How Do Auto Defect Lawyers Investigate My Case?
- Interviewing the client: Our lawyer will want to get as much information as possible from the client about the accident, including the events leading up to the crash, the injuries sustained, and any other relevant information.
- Obtaining police reports: We will obtain a copy of the police report from the accident. This report can provide valuable information about the crash’s circumstances, including the accident’s cause.
- Inspecting the vehicle: If preserved, our auto defect lawyer will inspect the vehicle involved in the accident. This inspection can help our lawyers to identify any defects in the car that may have contributed to the crash.
- Retaining industry experts: Our law firm may retain experts, such as top-rated engineers or accident deconstructionists, to help investigate the crash and determine the cause of the defect.
- Reviewing documents: We will review any relevant information related to your specific defect, such as the vehicle’s maintenance records, specifications, and any manufacturer or NHTSA recalls issued for the car.
We Will also consider all of the following to strengthen your case.
- Interview witnesses to the crash.
- Obtain photographs or videos of the crash scene.
- Obtain medical records to prove injuries
- Track down recalls, injuries, and warnings and research the vehicle manufacturer.
- Research relevant laws and regulations.
The investigation process can be complex and time-consuming. Still, it is essential to any successful auto defect case, and our attorneys will leave no stone unturned to get fair compensation for you and hold automakers responsible.
A vehicle or part recall becomes necessary when a motor vehicle or a part, including tires, does not comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Recalls are issued when there is a safety-related defect in the vehicle or equipment as well.
Automakers are required to report any safety defect relating to a vehicle or part within five days of finding out about it. However, automakers are not always diligent about following the law.
We have seen several examples of such lack of diligence including Toyota, which stalled for years before recalling more than 10 million vehicles for sudden unintended acceleration issues.
After issuing a recall, automakers are required to fix the problem for free. This often costs millions of dollars, so these manufacturers try to avoid or stall a recall as much as possible.
Putting Profits Before People
Often, we find that automakers do not need to make a major financial commitment to make vehicles and safety systems safer. For example, General Motors could have fixed its defective ignitions for under $1 per vehicle. Instead, the company chose not to act on the matter.
Today, 13 people are dead as a result of that negligence. Many cars today have seats that are no better than lawn chairs. It would not take much to make them stronger. But automakers don’t act on it. The same goes for safer windshields, window glass, airbags, seatbelts, and stronger roofs.
The question is: When will safety become a priority for these automakers? Personal injury attorneys continue to keep the pressure on to make nationwide safety enhances.
Preserving the Evidence After an Auto Defect Accident
If you suspect that you have been involved in an accident or injured as the result of a faulty vehicle or vehicle parts, it is crucial that you preserve the vehicle in its current state, unaltered.
It is absolutely critical that an expert thoroughly examines the vehicle for evidence of manufacturing defects, malfunctions and design flaws.
An experienced auto defect law firm will be able to send out a spoliation letter to the parties involved so that the vehicle is preserved. The vehicle is the single most important piece of evidence in an auto defect case.
Contact our San Bernardino Auto Defect Attorneys
Our team of skilled and experienced San Bernardino Auto Defect Lawyers has more than 45 years of experience. We have won over $800 million for our clients, establishing a 99% success rate.
There is no corporation too big or too powerful for Bisnar Chase. We have taken on and won complex cases that other well-known and reputable law firms have turned down due to a lack of confidence, resources, and inability to do so.
Auto manufacturers, auto corporations, and auto part companies need to be held accountable for the negligence of safety protocols their customers vulnerably trust in them. When something goes wrong and someone is injured, killed or property is damaged, repercussions will be met with justice compensation to the victims, and Bisnar Chase has a proven track record of doing so.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to an auto defect, call us and receive a free consultation and case evaluation. For immediate assistance, call 909-253-0750.