Defects in Motor Vehicles Add to Risk for Car Accidents
Car accidents happen, but they should not happen if drivers are obeying traffic laws and driving safely. Unfortunately, many people are injured every year in the United States in accidents caused by vehicle defects or malfunctions that arise due to the negligence of automakers. These accidents can lead to severe physical injuries and significant financial challenges. The civil justice system offers victims of these accidents that opportunity to seek financial compensation from the responsible party.
Potentially Hazardous Motor Vehicle Defects
Car makers devote considerable resources to the development of their vehicles, whether through ongoing refinement of existing models or the creation of an entirely new design. During the design and manufacturing processes, these companies have an obligation to be mindful of any potentially flaws which could cause harm to those who will eventually occupy the vehicles. Regrettably, they often overlook these dangers, which may include:
- Faulty airbags
- Seatbelt defects
- Engine control unit failure
- Brake malfunctions
- Safety horn malfunction
Watch for Recalls
Sometimes car manufacturers will become aware that a defect exists across an entire year or type of auto. At that point they will generally provide owners with recall notices. It is important to be aware when these notices come out and to have the car fixed right away. Unfortunately, if you are not the first owner, or if you move, the auto manufacturer will not necessarily provide you with a recall notice. As a result, it is important to check from time-to-time to check for recalls on your car. Especially if you hear your model and year mentioned in the news.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident because of a vehicle defect, contact the experienced Pennsylvania auto accident attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams today to discuss your potential case. You may be able to recover financial compensation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, lost wages, and other relevant damages.