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When releasing new car and truck models, auto manufacturers have an obligation to ensure the safety of their vehicles. Unfortunately, the competitive nature of the automobile industry causes some manufacturers to rush their latest vehicle out on the market without meeting important safety standards, or else the company may use cheaper parts in order to maximize their profit margins.
Defective vehicles can turn a minor car accident into a deadly one, or they can be the cause of an accident themselves. If you have been injured in an accident because of a defective vehicle, our experienced product liability attorneys at The Chestnut Firm can help you fight for justice and fair compensation.
Common Types of Vehicle Defects
Many types of auto defects can lead to a car accident, but the most common problems we see include:
- Brake failure
- Faulty air bags
- Seat belt failure
- Defective tires
- Fuel system malfunctions
- Collapsed roof during rollover
- Passenger ejection due to door latch failure
If enough people are at risk from the same defect, we will investigate the possibility of starting a class action lawsuit.
Strict Liability in Defective Vehicle Cases
In a regular personal injury claim, you must prove that the other party was negligent, and that their carelessness led directly to your injuries. However, defective vehicle cases are governed by "strict liability", which does not require you to establish negligence. You can file a defective vehicle case under strict liability as long as the following three conditions are met:
- The car had a defect that caused you to suffer injury. This defect may have occurred during the design process, manufacturing process, or shipment process.
- The vehicle defect caused you injury while you were using the car in a way that it was intended to be used. For example, if you tried to use your sedan to go off-road, you may not be able to recover compensation.
- Your vehicle has not been substantially changed (in a way that affects vehicle performance) from the condition that you bought it in.
If you have further questions about defective vehicle cases, please contact The Chestnut Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Jacksonville personal injury lawyers. We represent clients in Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and nationwide.