How a Product Defect May be Responsible for Injuries Sustained in a Car Accident

Posted by Sarah Showard | Nov 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

How a product defect may be responsible for injuries sustained in a car accident

A defective part can lead to a car accident.

When we think of car accidents, we generally think of two cars with two drivers, one at fault and one innocent. However, there are other causes to car accidents, including problems with vehicles that can lead to injuries in crashes.

Cars are made up of thousands of parts, and many of those parts are crucial to the vehicle operating safely. Defective parts in accelerators, brakes, or steering can be highly dangerous because they diminish the driver's ability to control the vehicle. In fact, think back in your own experience how many times you have seen or heard about automobile recalls for defective parts. That is an indicator of the seriousness of this issue.

After an accident, your personal injury lawyer will often be able to find experts who can examine the controls of the vehicle to determine if there was a defective part or a flaw in the design that led to the accident. Vehicles are built with parts that often come from other vendors, and in a personal injury case it is important to hold each party responsible for their role in the accident. That can often extend from the manufacturer of the part, the company that distributed it, and the manufacturer of the vehicle. They are each a stage in the process where defective parts or faulty designs should have been stopped before they got to the consumer.

When these parts are identified, there is often a story behind how defective products make it into the cars we drive. In some cases, manufacturers knew about defects and chose not to act because it was not cost effective to address the issue through a bulletin to consumers or a recall. When that happens, a Tucson personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve to get your life back on track.

About the Author

Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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