Car accidents are caused by many factors and in many cases, drivers assume either negligence or human error are the cause of their collision. However, faulty design and manufacturing defects can also contribute to car collisions.
Car manufacturers have an obligation to produce a safe product. They must meet certain standards and are expected to test their cars to make sure they are safe. Unfortunately, unsafe cars end up on our streets all the time. Common mechanical defects include:
- tire defects which can cause tire blowouts and rollovers
- break defects with impact a car’s ability to stop
- components which over heat and can sometimes cause fires or burn injuries
- safety parts that which can cause airbags to not inflate correctly or can cause safety systems to fail when drivers need them the most.
Preventing Collisions Caused by Unsafe Cars
There are several things you can do to avoid having manufacturing defects affect your driving safety:
- Always check for recalls and safety ratings before buying a car: Whether you’re buying a new or use car, check to see the rating the manufacturer has received for safety. If you’re buying a used car, checked for recalls on that model and make sure that any defective parts have been replaced at an authorized dealership.
- Check your car: If you’re buying a new car, it can be tempting to assume everything is fine. However, if you notice your brakes are not as responsive as they should be, your steering isn’t as responsive as it should be, or any other concerns, take the car to the dealership to have it checked out. A new car should be covered by a warranty to help keep the costs of the check down. If you do spot a problem, report it to the manufacturer as well as the dealership.
- Understand your warranty: Modifying your car can introduce hazards to your vehicle and put you at risk. Modifications can also invalidate your warranty. If you need any work on your car, always take it to a dealership or reputable, qualified mechanic.
If you are in a collision and think that a car defect has caused or contributed to the crash, you may wish to consult with a car accident attorney in Pembroke Pines. An attorney can find all liable parties and if a defect has caused your accident, your attorney may file a claim against the manufacturer as well as any other liable parties in your collision.
Manufacturing defects are serious problems which can lead to traffic crashes that result in amputations, spinal cord trauma, burns, facial injuries, fatalities, and many types of injuries. If a manufacturer has cut corners to make a profit or has otherwise been negligent and offered an unsafe product, you may have a claim which allows you to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses if you have been injured as a result of manufacturer negligence.
Contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a car accident attorney in Pembroke Pines if you have been injured. Our team can tell you whether you have a claim and can help you understand how much your claim may be worth.