Your California Auto Defect Attorney
It is unfortunate, but true: even when an automobile functions correctly, an accident can still occur. From rollovers to head-on collisions, a crash can take place within seconds, and for multiple reasons. Now, imagine if an automobile is defected . . . the consequences can be even worse, ranging from severe injures to death.
Have you or a loved one been hurt due to an auto defect? If so, the attorneys at Harlan Law offer our deepest sympathies. Unfortunately, we have seen first-hand the damage these types of crashes can cause. It is important to know that you are not at fault, and the guilty party should be held accountable.
To learn more about California auto defects, including your options following a wreck, please keep reading. Or, if you are currently ready to speak with an attorney, contact Harlan Law today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation by calling 619 870-0802. You deserve to move on with your life, and we want to help you do just that.
In this article, you will find information on the following topics:
- What Is a Defective Automobile?
- Examples of Defective Auto Parts
- Common Auto Defect Injuries
- Proving an Automobile is Defective
- Contact a California Auto Defect Attorney
- About Harlan Law
What Is a Defective Automobile?
According to the U.S. Transportation Department, in 2016 alone, a record-breaking 53.2 million vehicles were recalled throughout the United States. Further, it is the third consecutive year in which U.S. auto safety recalls have set a new record (Automotive News).
An automobile can be considered “defective” for many different reasons. For example, if a car part was manufactured incorrectly or designed wrong, or if there were not adequate warnings made available to consumers describing the issue, then a defect has occurred. From airbags to car roofs, to batteries and tires, almost any part of the automobile can have a defect, which could result in an accident, before leading to injuries.
Examples of Defective Auto Parts
Though automakers have a moral and legal responsibility to manufacture safe and reliable vehicles, this does not always happen. There is a requirement to put all vehicles through rigorous testing, ensuring they are safe for the market. Unfortunately, however, profits are sometimes put above safety, resulting in defective parts, such as:
- Seat Belts
- Car Seats
- Seat Backs
- Pedals (Accelerator)
- Vehicle Design
When the auto parts listed above are defected, the consequences can range from mild to severe. From tire blowouts to seat belts that fail to keep a passenger in place, to faulty brakes and accelerator pedals that stick, a variety of injuries can transpire.
Common Auto Defect Injuries
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2016, car crashes took 37,461 lives in the United States. As stated above, accidents can occur instantly, and for various reasons, resulting in injuries.
Common auto defect injuries often include the following:
- Broken Bones
- Ligament Damage
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Herniated Disk
- Vocal Cord Paralysis
- Traumatic Cardiac Arrest
- Severed Limbs
As if the injuries listed above are not bad enough, an individual can also suffer from emotional and mental trauma, too. Unfortunately, all injuries – physical, mental, and emotional – can all be expensive to treat. Specifically, without financial stability, trying to heal these ailments can become challenging and time consuming.
If you or someone you know has experienced an injury due to an auto defect, you may face the following damages:
- Medical Bills
- Treatment Costs
- Permanent Injures/Disabilities
- Physical Therapy
- Lost Wages
Therefore, proving an auto defect was responsible for your accident and injuries, could ultimately be beneficial, and for multiple reasons.
Proving an Automobile Is Defective
Successfully proving that an automobile is defective can be difficult, as well as expensive and time consuming. From filing paperwork to tracking down witnesses, the process can be complicated. Therefore, it is recommended you have an experienced and professional California auto defect attorney on your side.
First, in order to prove the automobile was defective following an accident, it is imperative to not get it repaired. The vehicle in question is the biggest piece of evidence to your case, and it will need to be analyzed by an expert.
Further, you will have to prove the following took place:
- The auto part was actually defective in some way
- The auto part that was defective led to the accident and/or injury
- As a result of the accident and/or injury caused by the auto defect, you suffered physical, emotional, or financial distress
Are you ready to speak with a California auto defect attorney?
Contact a California Auto Defect Attorney
After learning more about auto defects in California, could you benefit from having an attorney on your side. If so, then you have come to the right place. At Harlan Law, we have years of experience helping individuals who are just like you, suffering in some way due to someone else’s negligence. While this is definitely a difficult time in your life, know that our firm can and wants to help ease some of your pain.
You can schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation today by calling 619-870-0802 anytime – day or night. As your California auto defect attorney, we will handle all aspects of your case, allowing you to focus your energy on what’s really important: healing.
About Harlan Law
At Harlan Law, we know how important it is to not only listen to each individual client, but also explain all legal options in a way that is both understandable and relatable. Because each client is different, we pride ourselves on ensuring our services are individualized, allowing us to meet any and all specific needs. You have been through more than enough, and now deserve to be heard.
With Harlan Law, you will not only get an attorney you can trust, but one who will also stand up and fight for you until the end. If you want help improving your quality of life following an auto defect accident, contact Harlan Law today by calling 619-870-0802. You have nothing to lose.