The suspension system is critical to allowing drivers to control their vehicles. Not only does a suspension system enhance driving comfort, but it impacts your car’s ability to handle roads of varying conditions. When a suspension system is damaged or defective, it can cause serious issues that can lead to a motor vehicle collision.
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a suspension defect, you may need the help of an experienced product liability attorney at William Mattar law. We can fight for you to receive the best possible outcome for your case. Call (844) 444-4444 to get started.
What Does a Suspension System Do?
Since many roads are bumpy or uneven, a motor vehicle’s suspension system’s role is “to maximize the friction between the tires and the road surface, to provide steering stability with good handling and to ensure the comfort of the passengers.”
Traction is very important when it comes to driving because without it, a vehicle may not absorb the bumps and irregularities in the road and instead lose contact with the road’s surface. The suspension system is typically comprised of the tires, tire air pressure, springs, shock absorbers, and other components. These parts connect a car to its wheels and help support its frame.
How Faulty Suspension Systems Occur
A suspension system can become damaged in a variety of ways, including rough roads, potholes, overloading, poor maintenance, age, and rust. Suspension flaws resulting from these factors can often be detected through regular maintenance and inspections.
Defects can also cause suspension issues. A suspension defect can potentially arise from an issue with the design, manufacturing, or installation of a component, posing a potential risk to vehicle occupants. A defect can cause a suspension part to break or fail, resulting in loss of control. Suppose your vehicle has suffered from a suspension defect contributing to a car crash. In that case, you may be entitled to seek damages against the company that produced the defective part or system.
Types of Suspension Defects
Many different types of suspension defects can affect a particular system. A defective suspension system can be poorly aligned, comprised of inadequate materials, or experience fluid leakage. Parts of a vehicle’s suspension that can be defective include the springs, dampers, struts, torsion bars, shock absorbers, bushings, and control arms.
A defect involving a car’s suspension can cause the vehicle to pull to one side unexpectedly while in motion. It can also cause a vehicle to jerk forward when going over hurdles in the road. If a motorist loses control or traction due to a suspension problem, especially when driving around a bend, it can also result in a vehicle rollover crash.
Signs of a Vehicle Suspension Problem
It can be difficult to know if your vehicle has a previously unknown suspension defect. A defect may not be apparent until a sudden issue occurs. Some signs of a potential vehicle suspension problem include:
- Bumpy riding;
- Difficulty steering;
- Drifting and pulling problems; and
- Vehicle “leans” forward when braking or backward when accelerating.
If you’ve been seriously injured because of a suspension problem, contact William Mattar law offices right away. Our experienced accident attorneys can help you pursue maximum compensation.
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Product liability cases can result in serious, life-threatening injuries. If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving a defective auto part, contact William Mattar today. Our experienced accident attorneys acknowledge how disorienting a car crash injury can be and will fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free initial consultation by completing our online form, or calling our legal team at (844) 444-4444.