Auto Product Liability

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Auto Product Liability Claims

If you have been injured in a car accident and believe the cause of the accident can be traced back to a defective automotive design or a defective automobile product, we urge you to contact a Columbia car accident lawyer from The Sumner Law Group, LLC. Attorney Brent Sumner is an aggressive personal injury attorney who is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in America comprised of lawyers who have won million dollar and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients.

If you have sustained injuries or suffered damages because of a defective car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, ATV or other automobile part, you may have a product liability claim. Auto product liability claims arise when an individual makes a claim for personal injury damages because of a dangerous or defective automobile. In such cases, the plaintiff files a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the automobile and/or the manufacturer of the component part or system.

Some common examples of automobile products liability claims include:

  • Unintended acceleration
  • Rollover risk
  • Roof crush (a major cause of serious injury and death)
  • Seatbelt failure
  • Containment of occupants in the vehicle (ejection risk)
  • Tire defects (prone to blowouts)
  • Motorcycles that "wobble" at high speeds
  • All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) that are prone to rollovers

Types of Auto Product Liability Cases

Auto product liability cases fall into two categories: defectively manufactured vehicles or vehicle parts, or vehicles with a dangerous design. Defectively manufactured vehicles were improperly manufactured in some way. This may be the result in a shortcut taken at the manufacturing facility or another error, or the problem could have occurred during shipping or at the dealership.

Vehicles with an unreasonable dangerous design involves vehicles or parts that were properly manufactured, but designed poorly. In Grimshaw vs. Ford (1981), the jury found that Ford Motor Company was aware of the unsafe design with the Ford Pinto's gas tank and that it was an intentional choice made by Ford to use the cheaper design, knowing that it greatly increased the risk of a fire in a rear-end collision. The jury verdict ordered Ford to pay $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $3.5 million in punitive damages.

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If you were involved in a car accident and either you or the other driver were driving a defective motor vehicle, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer and a negligent claim against the other driver. If you do have a reasonable legal basis, you should include every type of legal claim available in your case.

Injured in a car accident as a result of defective automobile or part? Contact a Columbia car accident lawyer from our office to schedule a free case evaluation!

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