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Can I Recover Damages if I Don't Own the Car Involved in the Accident?

Yes, you may be entitled to receive damages even if the car does not belong to you. However, you will have to prove that the component was unreasonably dangerous, that you were operating it as intended and were not aware of the defects, and that you suffered losses as a result of the accident.

Even if the defective vehicle involved did not belong to you, you may still be eligible for a product liability claim. If the manufacturer has issued a defective car model or a car that had a defective part, you may recover losses for injuries that may have been caused by that specific problem, even if the vehicle does not belong to you. For product liability claims against an auto manufacturer, you will have to prove that:

  • the defective car or component was "unreasonably dangerous";
  • you were operating the vehicle under the intended use;
  • the vehicle had not been substantially changed/technically modified since the initial purchase;
  • you suffered a physical, financial or emotional loss as a result of the defect;
  • you were not aware of the defects.

If you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation covering your medical, financial and emotional losses. However, you need the help of an experienced lawyer to prove liability and hold the car manufacturer responsible.

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