Auto Defects Product Liability Lawyers in Austin
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In spite of today’s latest technological advancements, auto manufacturers release vehicles each year that have all sorts of problems. In the past 10 or 15 years, dozens of vehicles have been recalled due to malfunctions. Toyota recalled over 5 million cars in 2010 where the gas pedals stuck and drivers were not able to bring the car to a full stop.
Thousands of car accidents occurred resulting in hundreds of injuries and over 30 deaths. Though this is one of the more well-known auto recalls in the recent past, each year numerous auto manufacturers are asked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall specific vehicles because of various defects. A few of these include:
- 2001-2004 Ford Escapes recalled due to a sticking speed control cable.
- 1997-2003 General Motors recalled 1.5 million passenger sedans. This huge recall covered various models of Chevy, Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac due to possible engine fires.
- 2002-2008 models of Honda Fit recalled due to a malfunctioning window switch known to cause fires.
- 1998-2003 Ford Windstars were recalled in 2010 due to the rear axle cracking. This recall involved over half a million autos because drivers were losing control of their vehicle and getting into accidents.
Filing a Product Liability Claim Austin, TX
For those who have been injured in accidents because of malfunctioning equipment, the law does allow a victim to make a claim for personal injury damages. This is known as a product liability claim and it is made against the automobile's manufacturer and/or the manufacturer of the part or system that failed.
If you or a loved one have been injured or suffered any type of damages due to a defective car, SUV, truck, motorcycle, or ATV then you may have a product liability claim. Regardless of whether the vehicle had an unreasonably dangerous design or a part failed to work as intended, the law makes it possible for victims to recover damages like hospital bills, lost wages, property damages and many others.
Who to Sue?
Sometimes victims aren’t sure who to sue. There may be several parties at fault. Often, this is the job of your personal injury attorney. They perform a full investigation into the circumstances of the case, interviewing witnesses and conducting a detailed review. This can usually help to identify the potential defendants in your case. Sometimes, your attorney will name every participant in the "chain of distribution" of the vehicle including the parts manufacturer.
Identifying all the defendants in cases involving recalled motor vehicles requires an experienced personal injury attorney. Zinda Law Group PLLC has wide-reaching experience in Auto Defects Product Liability. They understand the law regarding this type of personal injury suit and can amass a strong case for their clients.
Product Liability for a Faulty Design
Even if a product is manufactured without problems, a manufacturer can be held liable for its design when that design leads to problems for users of the vehicle. One of the most famous examples from the past was the Pinto, a small vehicle with a gas tank that exploded when the car was involved in rear-end accidents. Though nothing was technically wrong in the manufacturing of the vehicle, the maker was held liable for a faulty design. If it's a design problem that leads to your accident, then you may have a case.
Faulty Manufacturing Practices
Even when the design is completely correct, a manufacturer can still make critical mistakes in putting together the vehicle. With car manufacturers making so many cars in today's market, it's almost a certainty that a few will come off of the assembly line with problems. Most of these problems are caught before they lead to a difficult accident. Some, however, will leave you injured in a car accident. A good lawyer can look at the facts of your case to determine whether a manufacturing problem caused the wreck that caused your injury.
Understanding the Basics of Proximate Causation
As with all parts of tort law, you will need to show that the manufacturer's misstep caused your injury. Just having a malfunctioning vehicle is not enough to establish this causation. A good attorney will have to build the link between your accident, your injury, and the manufacturing or design problem caused by the vehicle's manufacturer. There are many ways to establish this link, and a good lawyer can help you with such problems with the evidence. This is what the lawyers at Zinda Law Group are best at.
You Don’t Pay Unless We Win
The Austin car accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group have been helping Texans for years with cases like this and our firm has the resources and expertise to give clients exceptional legal representation. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis so clients don’t have to worry about legal fees unless we win your case. If you think you may have a product liability case due to an auto defect, why not call our offices today to schedule your free appointment.