A vehicle accident can change a person’s life. One minute you could be heading out to the local market and the next to the emergency room of your local hospital. In any case, an accident is due to negligence on the part of one or more individuals involved. In some cases, defective vehicle parts can be to blame for serious and unfortunately, sometimes fatal accidents.
As vehicle manufacturers look to improve the technology of their product line, they sometimes overlook errors that can cause a devastating accident. In most recent national news, a top auto manufacturer has been named in a massive lawsuit brought upon by a defective gas pedal. The gas pedal malfunctioned causing the vehicle to accelerate excessively resulting devastating crashes.
If a vehicle defect causes an accident, their are some factors that must be considered in order to establish fault or negligence in regard to the part manufacturer, facility that installed the part, or auto manufacturer. If you feel your accident may have been caused by a defective or malfunctioning part, you must contact Colorado Springs personal injury attorneys as soon as you are able. You may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical costs, lost wages, and emotional distress.
Once you contact an attorney, he or she will begin the process of establishing negligence. This process could include calling upon expert witnesses. A vehicle engineer or expert mechanic may be asked to examine the vehicle and search for evidence to support a defective part claim. The expert will be a strong witness should your personal injury case go to trial. This testimony will help your attorney build a solid case in determining fault for your accident.
Some examples of defective or malfunctioning vehicle parts can include but are not limited to:
- Faulty safety equipment such as air bags or seat belts
- Malfunctioning gas pedal or brake pedal
- Tire tread separation
- Improperly assembled components
- Malfunctioning door latches
If you have been injured in an accident, contact an attorney with Heuser & Heuser as soon as possible. Heuser & Heuser’s attorneys and knowledgeable staff will work diligently for the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation regarding your personal in jury case.