Defective Vehicle Accidents
Defective vehicle lights cause an average of 51 injury accidents and two fatalities each year, while defective brakes cause an estimated 36 injury collisions every year. These are just two types of accidents caused by defective vehicles as reported by the California Highway Patrol’s Annual Report on Fatal and Injury Motor Vehicle Collisions. While these are just two components in your vehicle, there are many others that have the potential of causing or aiding in an accident. These defects can oftentimes go overlooked and not only do faulty car parts have the ability to cause crashes, but they can also result in severe injury or death.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by defective vehicle components, the lawyers at Baker, Burton, & Lundy can help. We have experience with cases involving all types of defective vehicle parts, and we will work tirelessly to get you the compensation that you deserve.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for investigating safety defects in motor vehicles and defective equipment. After conducting an investigation, the agency may decide to issue a recall of the defective vehicle or equipment.
One of the most dangerous types of defective vehicle components is a seatback that fails in a crash. When a seatback collapses, it can cause the occupants to be ejected from the vehicle or sustain serious injuries. Unfortunately, setback failure is one of the most common types of defects involved in an accident of this nature. A recent study found that within the last thirty years, more than one hundred individuals have been either injured or killed by seatback failures in the US.
Airbags are designed to deploy in the event of a crash in order to protect the occupants of the vehicle. However, defective airbags can fail to deploy or even deploy incorrectly. The well-known Takata Airbag recall has caused an estimated 70 million vehicles to be recalled due to at least 15 deaths, and nearly three hundred injuries.
A defective tire can cause a blowout, which can lead to a loss of control of the vehicle. In some cases, the defective tire can cause the vehicle to rollover, which can be extremely dangerous. Between the years of 2000 and 2015 the NHTSA reported 11,000 Accidents caused by tire failure. This equates to 1 in 270 of all accidents during this period being caused by tires.
If your brakes fail, you may be unable to stop your vehicle, which can obviously lead to a serious accident. Brake failures can be created in a number of ways including defective parts, improper maintenance or even faulty maintenance. An estimated 300,000 crashes are a result of brake failure in the US annually.
OTHER POTENTIAL CAUSES
These are just a few of the most common causes of accidents relating to defective vehicles, however other components know to cause accidents include:
- Steering System and Components
- Fuel System
- Accelerators and Electronically Controlled Throttles
- Defective Engines and Related Components
- Various Wiring System Defects
EXPERIENCE WITH DEFECTIVE VEHICLE ACCIDENT CASES
There are many other types of defective vehicle components that can cause an accident, and if you or a loved one has been involved in such an accident, it is important to seek legal assistance immediately. The lawyers at Baker, Burton, & Lundy have experience with all types of defective vehicle accidents and will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY DEFECTIVE VEHICLE ACCIDENT CASE IS VALID?
The first step is to contact an experienced defective vehicle accident lawyer. At Baker, Burton, & Lundy, we will thoroughly investigate your claim to determine if you have a valid case. We will review the police report, speak to witnesses, and examine all of the evidence to build a strong case on your behalf. If we believe you have a valid claim, we will take on your case and fight for the compensation you deserve. You can rest assured knowing our team is highly capable, and experienced when it comes to cases like this and we will advocate for you every step of the way.
WHY CHOOSE A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY AT BAKER, BURTON & LUNDY
At Baker, Burton & Lundy, our attorneys have successfully resolved many challenging personal injury claims. You can expect our attorneys to be both caring and tenacious in our efforts to recover maximum compensation for your family.
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