If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to damages if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. This is not limited to other drivers on the road. Vehicle manufacturers can also be negligent if they make or sell vehicles that are unsafe, have a design defect, or were manufactured improperly. These types of cases can be complex. An experienced Columbia car accident lawyer can help you determine who is liable for your injuries and losses. If you have been involved in an accident, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible so an investigation into the cause (or causes) of the accident can begin before critical evidence is lost.
Any part of a vehicle can suffer from a dangerous defect. However, some defects are relatively common and are known to cause injuries, including:
- Airbags – There are several common airbag defects, including airbags that do not deploy when they should, and airbags that deploy improperly or when they are not supposed to, causing serious injuries. Takata airbags have been known to contain sharp parts that cause injuries when they deploy.
- Seat belts – Seat belts are designed to keep us safe in the event of an accident. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 3 million people are injured every year as a result of malfunctioning seatbelts. Problems include broken latches or seatbelts that do not stop slack on impact.
- Ignitions – Defective ignitions can cause a car to lose power while in motion. When this happens, power steering and brakes can fail, and airbags may fail to deploy. General Motors (GM) has confirmed that at least 97 people have been fatally injured by faulty ignition switches that were part of a massive 2.6 million vehicle recall.
- Brakes/Brake lines – GM has recalled several Cadillac models manufactured between 2004 and 2007 due to corrosion in the brake lines that caused brakes to fail. Dual brake systems are a safer option because they provide back up in case one circuit stops working for any reason.
- Fuel pumps – Fuel pumps carry gasoline from the tank to the engine. Defective fuel pumps can result in engine failure when you accelerate or result in failure to start.
- Door latches – A common problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is pawl spring failure. This is the part of the door handle that latches the door closed. Broken pawl springs can result in a passenger falling out of a moving vehicle, or a person being struck back with force by closing the door.
- Tires – Defective tires can cause serious risk of injury. Tires that blowout on the highway can cause loss of control of the vehicle. If you have experienced a tire blowout, an expert must evaluate the situation to determine if a defective tire was to blame.
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Advocate for Victims Injured in Accidents Caused by Car Defects
Auto defect cases should be evaluated by an experienced attorney. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to a defective part, speak to one of our dedicated Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.. Call us today at 803-929-3600 or contact us online.
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