Not all car accidents are caused by reckless drivers. Sometimes, car accidents are the result of factors beyond the control of the driver, such as when defective brakes unexpectedly fail or when a faulty ignition switch turns off the vehicle while the engine is operating.
Vehicle defects can also cause serious harm after an accident, such as when an integral safety feature fails to protect the occupants of a vehicle. Defective seatbelts may unlatch or fail to restrain the driver in a collision. Faulty airbags may fail to deploy, or, as in recent news concerning the massive Takata airbag recall, may propel shrapnel into the cabin with potentially deadly force.
Other vehicle defects include:
- Accelerator pedals that may break or stick
- Windshield wipers that don’t function properly
- Seats and seat backs that may unexpectedly fail during normal use
- Wiring system problems that may cause a loss of lighting
- Faulty steering components that may fail while the vehicle is in operation
- Poorly-designed roofs that may completely fail in a rollover accident
Auto Defect Lawyer in Austin, TX
Auto manufacturers have a duty to ensure that the vehicles they create are properly designed and adequately tested before they are marketed to consumers. When manufacturers sell cars with dangerous defects that harm consumers, the manufacturer may be liable for any injuries or deaths from accidents caused by those defects. Victims or, in the case of a fatal accident, their surviving family members, may be eligible to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages related to the accidents, including but not limited to costs of medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC represents victims of auto accidents throughout Texas. If you were injured in an accident and believe that an auto defect was to blame, get in touch with the Austin car accident attorney at our firm as soon as possible. The sooner you call, the sooner we can begin investigating your case to determine exactly what went wrong, who can be held liable, and how much money you may be owed for your losses.
Time is limited to file a claim, so be sure to make the call today or fill out our online case evaluation form and we will be in touch with you soon.