Automobile Defect Lawyers Serving All of Florida
Whether you were injured in a single-vehicle accident or multi-car collision, it is important not to overlook the possibility that a defect is to blame for your injuries and losses. Automobile defects are common, and they routinely cause and contribute to dangerous accidents. If a defect played a role in your accident, you may be entitled to compensation from your dealership, the defective vehicle’s manufacturer, or another company. Our lawyers have extensive experience helping clients pursue successful claims for automobile defects, and we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
When is an Automobile “Defective”?
In order for an automobile to be considered defective, it must have an unexpected danger when it rolls off of the showroom floor. If you are injured in an accident because of a faulty brake job, you may have a negligence claim against your maintenance shop, but this would not be legally considered an automobile defect. There are three primary ways in which an automobile can be defective:
- Design Defect – If your automobile’s overall design or the design of a component of your vehicle creates an unreasonable risk of injury, this is considered a “design” defect. Recently, one of the most high-profile automotive design defects was the Takata airbag defect, which led to the largest automotive recall in United States history.
- Manufacturing Defects – A “manufacturing defect” occurs when an automobile or component is properly designed but becomes dangerous as a result of an error during the manufacturing process. For example, a weak frame or faulty electrical system resulting from improper assembly or installation would be a manufacturing defect that could support a claim for financial compensation.
- Failure to Warn – In certain cases, automobile manufacturers must provide adequate warnings to their customers. This is why you see warning labels on your door sills and sun visors, and why the first several pages of your owner’s manual are dedicated to explaining the various risks associated with operating your vehicle. If your vehicle’s manufacturer failed to provide adequate warning of a potential risk, this is known as a “failure to warn” defect.
Along with defective airbags, some common types of automotive defects include defective tires, defective brakes, defective fuel and electrical systems, defective seatbelts, and other unsafe components.
Compensation for Injuries Caused by Defective Automobiles
The types of compensation available for injuries from automotive defects are the same as those available for injuries resulting from other causes. These include past and future medical bills, past and future loss of income, other out-of-pocket expenses, and non-financial losses (such as pain and suffering). In order to maximize your financial recovery, you should see a doctor immediately, and you should discuss your case with an experienced products liability attorney as soon as possible.
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For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us today. With offices in Tallahassee and West Palm Beach, we handle auto accident cases in all of Florida. To discuss your case with an experienced attorney, call (800) 780-8607 or send us a message online now.