Most car accidents are caused by driver error. However, recent news has highlighted the possibility of an accident due to defective or malfunctioning automotive parts. If a person is injured in an accident directly caused by an automotive defect, the designer, manufacturer, or distributor may be held liable for the person’s losses.
Automotive defects of a particular car are often found in many similar models from the same maker. Overall, however, there are a few auto defects that are most commonly reported, including:
- Structural defects. Problems with the general design of the vehicle can cause it to roll over or crumple ineffectively, dramatically increasing the risk of serious injury or fatality in an accident
- Fuel tank placement or design flaws. This can cause an automobile involved in an accident to catch fire or explode.
- Safety system flaws. Seatbelts and airbags may both malfunction and cause injury.
- Accelerator and brake errors. These may cause drivers to lose complete control over their vehicles.
- Tire defects. Defective tires can increase the risk of rollovers and other types of accidents.
The companies who produce vehicles with defective parts should be held responsible for the injuries and fatalities caused by their poorly designed, manufactured, or distributed products.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident caused by a defective or malfunctioning auto part, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation to help you cover the costs of your medical bills and other losses. To learn more, contact the Iowa personal injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.