When driving, you rely on the safety equipment provided by your vehicle to protect you in case of a car accident. However, sometimes all the equipment does is contribute to causing injuries. This can happen when the car components meant to keep you safe malfunction.
A car has a mind-boggling number of complex, moving parts that must be designed and manufactured exactly correctly to ensure a safe final product.
Poor decision-making at the corporate level or cost-cutting can compromise the safety and effectiveness of these parts, putting all drivers at risk. For example, defective airbags can go off during minor accidents, causing more harm than good.
Injured in a Car Accident in Miami - Do I Have a Case?
If you were involved in a car accident and either you or another driver was driving a defective motor vehicle, and you sustained injuries as a result of the accident, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer or other liable parties.
Also, if you caused a car accident, for example, you swerved off the road and your car flipped, but the airbags did not deploy, or a sudden acceleration complicated the accident, and you suffered serious injuries, you may have a product liability case.
Sean Cleary has a great deal of experience as a product liability attorney in sorting through complex cases when something has gone wrong with a product. Our attorney spends much of his time representing product liability cases involving motor vehicles, such as defects in tires, seats, and airbags or rollovers of SUVs.
In a product liability case Sean Cleary has recently represented, the driver rear-ended the car in front, and although she was going 10 mph, the defective airbag in the car came out and exploded, causing her serious hearing damage.
In another case, the driver was at fault and caused the accident by cutting across an intersection, but it was a defective product in the car that caused a serious injury. When the car cutting the intersection was hit on the side slightly by another car, the side airbag went off and broke the passenger's hand in 18 places. The passenger was the driver's wife, and as a result of the injuries, she isn't able to move her hand anymore. Again, the airbag should not have gone off in this type of accident, but airbags can be very dangerous, particularly in hot states like Florida.
Defective Vehicle Parts That Can Cause Accidents in Miami
- Steering mechanism
- Autonomous driving system
- Windshield wipers
Who Can Be Held Responsible in a Product Liability Case in Miami? The Retailer or Manufacturer?
Accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries require complex investigations in order to prove who is liable for the victim's suffering. Most of the times, the vehicle's manufacturer, the contractor, manufacturer or any other party involved can be held liable. People injured in accidents involving defective car products may be entitled to compensation from the companies that have been found to be guilty.
Identifying defective car parts as the main reason for the injuries can be a complex and demanding process. In almost all product liability cases, there is a detailed inspection of the product where some part of the product is taken apart or dismantled. This way, experts can have a closer look at the design of the product, and make a determination as to why the product failed and why it gave rise to the injury. Experts give testimony as to why the product failed, why it was dangerous in its design, and the type of alternative designs that existed that could have been utilized to make the product safer. Therefore, contact an experienced attorney right after the accident to increase your chances of receiving fair financial compensation.
Compensation for Injuries in Miami
Most product liability cases play an important role in our society because consumers need a legal means to seek compensation for their injuries. The manufacturers are the only ones who could properly design and manufacture the product. When a product is defective, a product liability claim is the only thing that causes manufacturing companies to have the incentive to design and manufacture safer products, and that will prevent injury to consumers when that product is used in a reasonably foreseeable manner.
Our knowledgeable and seasoned Miami product liability lawyer can advise you as to whether you have a viable claim and help you determine whether there is relief available for your injuries and damages. We can review the evidence and facts in your case, advise you of your options, and help determine the best strategy for obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled.
If you suspect you may have a defective vehicle or that a defective part contributed to your accident, call 305.416.9805 to learn more about the next steps.