Common Car Defects That Could Cause Accidents

Vehicles are complex machines that many of us rely on for transportation and convenience. Unfortunately, when an accident occurs, the vehicle is sometimes to blame for the resulting injuries. When a vehicle malfunctions, everyone on the road is in danger. Even a minor vehicle defect can have life-altering consequences and cause devastating damage for individuals and families.

The manufacturer of a defective vehicle may be liable for injuries related to the defect. This liability could be limited to the car manufacturer, or the manufacturer of a specific part of the vehicle.

In some cases, the seller of the vehicle could be held accountable for not revealing a known defect before selling the vehicle. An attorney, specifically a defective car lawyer can help you determine who is liable following your accident, and fight to obtain damages on your behalf.

8 Common Car Defects That Manufacturers May Be Liable For

1. Airbags:

When an airbag deploys during a collision, it can offer valuable protection to our bodies. Unfortunately, defective airbags can result in brain damage, burns, or lacerations across the face and torso. The airbag manufacturer may be liable when their product fails to properly function.

2. Seat belt defects:

Seat belts are designed to keep us in place during an accident, but when the seat belt is too loose, tight, or poorly constructed, it could fail. Manufacturers who sell defective seat belts may be held accountable for seat belts that fail to keep someone in place during an accident.

3. Structural defects:

Automobiles might come with slight defects that make us less safe, that are not apparent to the eye. A structural defect is a broad term that covers a number of potential issues and can include, for example, a weak roof, poorly constructed frame, door locks that fail, or a seatback that fails to properly protect a user in a rear end accident.

4. Design defects:

Issues with the design of the vehicle or a specific part of the vehicle can cause devastating injuries. Whether the problem is the tires, seatbacks, brakes, or fuel tank, crashes and explosions become more likely when the vehicle design is defective.

5. Rollover cases:

It is possible that a vehicle may fail to protect their occupants when it rolls over or flips. Talking to an attorney is the first step toward compensation after a rollover.

6. Child safety seats:

Keeping your child or children safe is the number one goal of many parents. When a child safety seat, meant to keep a child safe, does not do so, an investigation is warranted to determine if a manufacturer may be at fault.

7. Defects of tires and rims:

The wheels of a vehicle are among its most important features. When a tire unexpectedly blows out, a serious collision can occur.

8. Computer system failures:

The computer systems in motor vehicles control a variety of important components, by collecting information with a network of sensors, then analyzing it with a computer. These computers can then determine what actions will make the basic operation of the vehicle the most efficient or safest. Unfortunately, the following issues can arise if a car computer fails: engine problems, transmission errors, anti-lock brake issues, loss of electronic assistance systems, and loss of driver assistance systems.

In addition to these problems, software errors may cause the vehicle to operate in an entirely unintended unsafe manner, that could lead to a potential accident.

Accidents involving automobile defects are extremely complicated and often involve in-depth investigations into design and manufacturing processes, which our attorneys and their team know how to effectively conduct. The team of experienced defective car attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier can help you navigate an automobile defect claim.

Habush Defective Car Lawyers

Attorney Tim Trecek

Tim Trecek is a shareholder and has been a member of the law firm since 1995. In 2017, he was elected by his partners as a corporate officer of the firm (Secretary). He is a managing partner of both the Milwaukee and West Bend offices. Tim specializes in all types of personal injury litigation. He has successfully litigated cases involving automobile defects (airbags, seat belts, seats and structural integrity), construction accidents, misfilled prescriptions, car/motorcycle accidents, truck/semi accidents, slip/trip and falls, dog bites, injuries involving horses, brain injuries, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), machine defects (saws, chippers, cement mixer defects, deer stands, snow blowers), child car seats, personal watercraft, and specialized experience with serious burn injuries from events such as explosions and utility/electrical accidents. In 2020, he obtained the largest single plaintiff verdict in the history of the State of Wisconsin, when a Racine County jury awarded his client $38.16 million, for injury caused by a defectively designed driver’s seat in his 2013 Hyundai Elantra. (See News Story) 

Although he was born, raised, and works in southeastern Wisconsin, Tim has earned a national reputation as a successful plaintiff’s trial lawyer. Tim’s successes have been so noteworthy that they have been chronicled in papers such as the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications.