Motor Vehicle Product Liability Lawyer Serving Albany
Product liability refers to laws that protect consumers from unsafe products, such as defective motor vehicle parts. An auto defect can pose a serious risk to drivers and passengers. A faulty part, such as a defective airbag, can either cause a collision or malfunction in the event of an impact.
When this happens, the companies responsible for constructing or selling the defective product may be liable. This is where the car accident lawyers at William Mattar P.C.come in. If you’ve been injured by a defective auto part in Albany, contact us as soon as possible. We can help you get the compensation you need for your injuries. Call (844) 444-4444 today.
Types of Motor Vehicle Defects
Motor vehicles can suffer a range of defects, including but not limited to:
- Airbags: Defective front and side airbags can explode, fail to deploy, or deploy suddenly, injuring vehicle occupants.
- Tires: Faulty tires can flex, overheat, and rupture, resulting in a blowout. A tire blowout can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and roll or collide with another vehicle.
- Brake Systems: Braking systems are critical for any vehicle. When they fail, motorists can find themselves unable to brake before hitting another vehicle or object.
- Steering Systems and Components: A defect affecting the steering system can create a loss of control of the vehicle. Steering issues may cause a car to suddenly swerve or turn, resulting in a serious accident.
- Roofs: Inadequate roof strength can result in what is called “roof crush” in the event of an accident. When a roof crush occurs (wherein the roof collapses), vehicle occupants can be seriously injured or trapped.
Victims of a motor vehicle defects can sustain severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, lacerations, and paralysis.
Class Action Lawsuits for Auto Products
A “class action lawsuit” is a legal action filed by a group of people. In a product liability case involving auto parts, a class action may be brought by a class of people who have been injured by a defective product.
One example of a class action involving an auto manufacturer is the recent lawsuit against General Motors (GM). The class action lawsuit comes after GM recalled over 1.6 million vehicles because of dangerous defective ignition switches after allegedly taking years to address concerns. According to complaints, the ignition switches could shut off mid-drive.
Filing a Claim for Compensation
If you’ve been injured by a defective auto part, you may choose to file a claim for compensation. In order to do so, it will be important to determine which party is liable for your injuries. In a defective auto parts case, there can be multiple at-fault parties, which can include the vehicle manufacturer, and an intermediary party, such as a shipper, retailer, and or dealership.
A product liability attorney can help you seek damages for your injuries and file a claim against the responsible parties. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact William Mattar P.C. today to learn more about how we can help you recover compensation.
Call a Motor Vehicle Product Liability Attorney Today
If you’ve been injured by an auto defect, call William Mattar P.C.. Our product liability lawyers help accident victims obtain maximum compensation for their injuries. Schedule a free initial consultation today by completing our free initial consultation form or calling (844) 444-4444.