You may have heard of auto recalls by manufacturers owing to a defect in one of the components. Unfortunately, some flaws slip through these vigorous safety checks, and they may end up causing an accident. In other cases, a defective component may not directly cause a wreck — but it can cause the consequences of the wreck to be worse by inflicting more injuries on the victims.
If you have been involved in such an accident caused by a defective car part or a defective car part increased the extent of your injuries, here is what you need to know.
What are some common vehicle defects?
Car parts that do not function as they are intended to do can be deemed defective. This may include:
- Airbags that do not deploy following an accident or airbags that deploy unexpectedly
- Failure of steering components
- Malfunctioning braking systems
- Malfunctioning seat belts
- Defective fuel systems
All these defects may directly contribute to your accident or worsen your injuries.
Do you have a right to claim compensation for your losses?
Vehicle manufacturers owe you, the consumer, a duty of care if you use their products in line with their intentions. Generally, you have to prove negligence on the car manufacturer’s part either from the vehicle’s design, manufacture, or failure to provide a warning of risk to the end-user. In addition, you have to show that the defect directly contributed to your injuries.
Naturally, insurance companies (and big car manufacturers) don’t want to pay additional money for your injuries if they can avoid it. Knowing your legal options is an important part of protecting your own interests.