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Auto product defects and expert witnesses

It seems like these days there are a slew of automobile recalls due to defective parts. These parts, whether defective in their design, manufacturing or marketing, impose serious safety risks to unsuspecting motorists. In fact, motorists in California and nationwide are sometimes injured or even killed in accidents that are caused by defective auto products. Although there is nothing that can be done to undo an accident and the harm that it causes, victims and their families can choose to take legal action in hopes of imposing liability and recovering compensation for damages they suffered. However, in these types of lawsuits it is often very important to have an expert witness testify on one's behalf.

There are several reasons for this. One is that the legal standard in these cases is strict liability. Although this may make it sound like it would be easier to prove a case, it can actually make it more difficult given the complexities involved with automobiles and outside factors that can contribute to an accident. An expert can help identify what, specifically, resulted in the accident in question.

Second, a plaintiff should have a strong and compelling expert witness on his or her side because the defendant auto maker or auto product maker will likely have a credible expert witness of its own. Therefore, a victim needs to make sure that his or her expert witness is knowledgeable, persuasive and understandable by judge and jury so that his or her testimony is given more credibility and weight.

Expert witnesses are just one of the many aspects that have to be addressed in auto product liability lawsuits. Therefore, it is often advisable for those injured by a defective auto part to discuss their case with a legal professional who can help them build the case that they need to potentially recover the compensation they deserve



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