Many car collisions in Coconut Creek, including sideswipe collisions, T-bone accidents, rear end shunt crashes, and other collisions, are caused by driver error. However, many crashes are also caused by faulty car parts of defective car designs.
Car manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the cars they make are road-safe, but each year vehicles are recalled due to serious flaws which can put motorists at risk. Common mechanical defects can include:
- Flawed brakes: Despite the development of anti-lock braking systems and dual brake systems, which are designed to reduce the risk of crashes, flaws in the design or manufacturing of brakes can create faulty braking systems that don’t allow drivers to safely stop in time to prevent a crash.
- Tire issues: Poorly manufactured tires or tires that are sold after the rubber has been compromised can cause tire blowouts and car crashes. Suspension problems can also lead to tires wearing down unevenly, which can also cause tires to fail.
- Poorly designed steering: When the steering system fails or malfunctions, drivers cannot operate their vehicle correctly, and this can easily lead to single-car crashes or multiple-vehicle collisions as the car veers out of control.
- Light issues: Taillights and headlights are important so motorists can see and be seen. When lights are poorly designed or installed, they can cause visibility problems, glare, overheating, and other dangers which can lead to collisions.
- Faulty wipers: While wipers can seem like a simple part of your car, they are essential for visibility. When they malfunction due to a design or manufacturing flaw, they can cause motorists to lose their view of the road and this can result in a crash.
- Engine failure: Engine problems caused by defective parts or installation can cause the transmission to fail or the engine to overheat or seize. A driver in this situation can lose control of their car or the car can come to a sudden stop, causing a rear-end shunt accident.
- Poorly designed gas tanks: When gas tanks are incorrectly placed or designed, they can cause a fire even with a minor impact, putting the occupants of the affected car and everyone else on the road in immediate danger.
- Faulty airbags: If airbags deflate during driving, they can cause a collision. Even in a car crash, where airbags are meant to protect occupants from injuries, incorrectly inflating airbags can cause further injuries.
- Malfunctioning ignition switches: Faulty ignition switches have caused recalls in the past because they can cause cars to stop and shut off unexpectedly.
- Poorly designed safety features: Sensors designed to warn drivers of cars in their blind spots are meant to prevent collisions, but when these systems malfunction, they can cause drivers to crash into other cars.
Many mechanical defects are caused by poor design or manufacturing processes, but they can also be caused by faulty repairs and maintenance at car dealerships or mechanic shops. If you have been in a car collision, it is always worthwhile to find out whether a mechanical defect may have led to the crash. If it did, you may have a claim against the manufacturer of the car or car part, but you will need an experienced attorney to prove fault.
If you have been in a car collision and are in this situation, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Coconut Creek products liability claims attorney. Our legal team has the network of professionals and the courtroom and negotiation experience for car accident injury claims cases like yours.