Car Accidents Caused by Defective VehiclesJanuary 10, 2019
Whether you prefer a sports car, a minivan, an energy-efficient electric car, or a gas-guzzling SUV, one thing all car-owners have in common is that they want a vehicle that is safe, and that will not require multiple trips to the mechanic for repairs.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a defective vehicle, an experienced Baltimore car accident lawyer can assist you with filing a product liability claim.
There are generally two types of product liability claims that involve motor vehicles. These include:
- Manufacturing defect: This involves defects that occur in the manufacturing process. This may include an error at the facility where the vehicle was made, or an issue that occurred during the shipping process or at the dealership.
- Design Defects: These are particularly dangerous, because they often affect an entire line of vehicles. They involve vehicles or parts that have a potentially dangerous design flaw.
Who to Sue
If a defective part was responsible for causing a car accident, there are a number of potential defendants that may be involved in the case, including:
- Vehicle manufacturer
- Parts manufacturer
- Car dealership
- Shipping company
- Used car dealership
How to Avoid Purchasing a Defective Vehicle
Unfortunately, you may not realize that your car is a lemon until after you buy the car and start driving it. However, there are some steps you can take if you discover that your vehicle has a defective part that could jeopardize your safety.
Check for recalls: Some car dealerships will notify customers of any vehicle recalls. However, not all car owners receive notifications, in which case they need to check the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) website for all pending recalls.
Most car dealerships will fix or replace the defective part free of charge.
Determine whether your car is a lemon: If you are able to prove that your car has never worked properly, you are entitled to a refund or a replacement vehicle.
Consider pursuing a product liability lawsuit: If your car is defective, and you operated the vehicle in the manner in which it is meant to be used, yet you suffered injuries as a result of the defect, you may want to file a product liability lawsuit.
Even if a car accident was caused by driver error, all cars sold in the United States should be crashworthy, meaning they should effectively protect the passengers in the event of a car accident.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Car Accidents Caused by Auto Defects
If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a defective vehicle, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will recommend the best legal course of action based on the circumstances of the accident, and the type of defect. Our top priority is to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve. We will not stop fighting for you until you are completely satisfied. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.