While human error remains the leading cause of road accidents, not all crashes arise from drivers’ actions. Sometimes, defective car products can lead to an accident. Although these instances are rare, they are still significant and can determine the course of a car accident claim.
Some examples of car defects include:
- Malfunctioning airbags or indicator lights
- Brake failure
- Steering or transmission failures
- Tire or wheel deficiencies
- Seat belts that unbuckle during an accident
- Unintended sudden acceleration
All these defects can cause extensive injuries to the victims involved, and someone should be held responsible.
Who is liable for an accident caused by a defective car part?
Usually, car manufacturers are liable for defective products that came on the car you bought. The implied warranty between the buyer and manufacturer assures that a product is fit for its intended purpose. If it is not, they can be held responsible for the injuries caused by the defect.
Several parties in the distribution chain can be held liable, including the specific parts manufacturer, the car dealership, and even the shipping company depending on the unique facts of each case.
Recovering damages from a defective car part claim
If you are involved in a car accident caused by a defective product, it is crucial to document your accident. Take photos of the scene if possible, and do not rush to repair your vehicle – it might be your most significant piece of evidence.
Auto defect claims can get legally complex, and you may require skilled assistance to navigate your claim and get the damages you deserve.