Car Accidents Caused by Defective Auto Products
Car accidents are not always caused by driver error; there are occasions when a vehicle or its parts are to blame, in which case the manufacturer is usually the liable party. Examples of instances where this applies or may apply include:
- Faulty air bags
- Seatbelt failure
- Seat back failure
- Defective door latches
- Defective tires
- Tread separation
- SUV rollover accidents
- Roof crush
- Occupant ejections
- Gas tank explosions
- Automobile recalls
If you have been injured in a car accident and suspect an auto part may be to blame, contact a Tampa personal injury lawyer. Florida law allows lawsuits to be filed for three different types of product liability cases: design defects, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn.
Product Liability in Auto Accident Cases
Some of the most heavily publicized defective automobile product liability claims include the suits filed against Toyota for defective floor mats, gas pedals and engines. Ford Explorer/Firestone has also been under the public eye for defective tires, and lawsuits have been filed against the Ford Pinto for defective gas tanks. Regardless of the type of vehicle that you drive, you will have the best chance at recovering compensation if you take action immediately after your incident occurs.
A knowledgeable attorney at our firm can arrange to have your vehicle stored in such a way as to protect any evidence. From there, your attorney will conduct an analysis of the vehicle itself, police reports, the site of the accident and the individuals involved, including medical and law enforcement personnel. By liaising with relevant experts, we can determine the cause of the accident and which auto part or parts contributed. A manufacturer may be guilty of failure to warn if they realize that the product may cause harm but do not inform the public in a timely manner.