As much care as you may take to keep your vehicle running well, there is little to nothing the average car owner can do to prevent accidents caused by undiagnosed automotive defects. When a defect causes an accident, the company responsible for creating the defect is liable, regardless of whether the defect was a design flaw or manufacturing error. If you sustained injuries in an accident caused by an automotive defect, you can and should take legal action against the responsible party. At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, our Greenfield automotive defect lawyers have the experience and resources to pursue defect claims against automakers, regardless of the company’s size or resources.
When a defect is fundamental to the design of a vehicle or any of its component parts, companies must initiate a recall to fix the problem within a reasonable period. Obviously, until they actually notify consumers and then fix the problem, companies that are responsible for design defects are liable for the accidents they cause. Other design flaws, such as those that are inherent to SUV’s, have no easy fix. Though car companies made significant safety improvements to SUV’s over the years, the fact is that their high centers of gravity make them prone to rollovers. In any event, automotive companies can and should be held liable for accidents caused by design defects, regardless of whether they are inherent to the design of a vehicle.
Unlike design defects that will affect all vehicles of the same design, manufacturing defects may only affect a handful of vehicles. When these accidents occur, the manufacturer will be liable for the defect. This distinction is important because the company that designed the vehicle or any of its parts does not control the manufacturer. Since these cases are less prevalent, they receive less media coverage. As a result, consumers are generally less aware of manufacturing defects than they are of design defects. Nonetheless, manufacturing defects do result in serious accidents that severely affect the lives of victims. It is important that cases involving suspected manufacturing defects be adequately investigated. If a manufacturing defect did cause the accident, the responsible company should take responsibility.
If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident caused by an automotive defect, you should reach out to one of the automotive defect lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Together we can begin discussing what legal action you may be able to pursue against the responsible party. Over the years, our firm recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients injured by automotive defects. We have the experience and resources to develop a legal strategy to help you pursue compensation as well. To speak with one of our attorneys about the particular circumstances of your accident, please call our offices at (414) 271-0900 today.