Consumers in California buy automobiles with the expectation that they are safe to operate on a daily basis. While this is generally the case, sometimes vehicle defects create situations where innocent motorist are seriously injured. These victims can face significant losses that are emotional, physical and financial in nature. This is why some of these victims choose to seek compensation through an auto product liability lawsuit. To succeed on one of these claims, an individual must prove three legal elements. The first is that the defective auto part was unreasonably dangerous. This characteristic may arise at any point along the manufacturing and supply chains. Therefore, a defective design may be enough to satisfy this element. So, too, may errors in shipping the auto part. Even an inadequate warning may be enough to show that the product was unreasonably dangerous. The second and third elements of an auto product liability claim are similar. The second is that the vehicle product in question was being used as intended at the time the injury was suffered. The third element is that the product was not substantially altered in a way that affected its intended use. Therefore, those who have substantially altered their vehicles may struggle to show that they were injured by a defective auto part, although it's not impossible. If these elements can be shown, then strict liability can be imposed. If successful, a victim will simply need to show the extent of the damages imposed upon him or her. It may sound easy enough to prove only three legal elements, but the truth of the matter is that defense attorneys have numerous strategies to try to combat these types of claims. Therefore, it is often wise for victims of defective auto products to seek assistance from skilled legal professionals.
There are numerous components that make a motor vehicle function effectively. A defect in any one of these component parts can pose a serious safety risk. As a result, unsuspecting motorists can be injured in accidents or fires. It is for the protection of consumers that the law allows individuals to pursue an auto product liability lawsuit when their injuries are directly linked to a defective auto product.
Californians expect the vehicles they drive to be safe. In order to ensure this safety, a motor vehicle needs to be well-thought out and executed, starting with its initial design. Unfortunately, many times there are design or manufacturing defects that cause vehicles to pose a risk to unsuspecting motorists. This can lead to an auto product recall, but sometimes those recalls come far too late.
We rely on the transportation that is available to us. Whether we drive our own vehicle, travel by train, take a taxi or fly by plane, our safety and well-being is dependent upon how well-made those vehicles are when released to consumers. Although cars and other vehicles go through extensive research, design and safety testing, far too often manufacturers don't realize that an error has been made until it is too late. This leaves unsuspecting consumers in California at risk of being seriously injured or killed.
Although driving an automobile is inherently dangerous, those dangers should be limited to the actions of others. In other words, motorists in Encinitas and elsewhere should not be put at risk of harm from defects found in their own vehicles, vehicle components, or the vehicles being driven by other individuals. These defects exist, though, and they can take many forms and affect a variety of car parts. Oftentimes they wind up causing serious injuries to unsuspecting drivers.
Californians drive their cars, trucks, and SUVs without much thought of their safety outside of avoiding an accident caused by their own error or the negligence of another. While this is certainly important, it is not the only threat posed to motorists. Defective auto products can suddenly cause an accident or other motor vehicle malfunction that leaves individuals with serious injuries. In the worst cases, victims are killed. It is important for those who suffer damages from defective auto products to take the steps necessary to find accountability and, potentially, compensation for their losses.
Most product lines, if not all, are subjected to safety standards that are regulated by the industry and state, local, and/or the federal government. Although these safety regulations are meant to prevent dangerous products from reaching the market, the fact of the matter is that far too many hazardous products make it past these regulations and into the hands of unsuspecting consumers. When this happens, even those who use a product carefully and in accordance with its directions can be left seriously injured.
When consumers buy products, they expect them to be safe for their intended use. Whether one buys a toy for their child, food for their family, or even clothing to wear to work, the last thing they expect is to be injured by it. The same holds true for automobiles. Yet, with the numerous parts that go into making a functioning car or truck, there are bound to be issues, despite extensive safety regulations being put into place. The defective auto parts can leave unsuspecting individuals susceptible to injuries.
Nowadays, we all take driving for granted. Forget that at one time people had to spend days riding a horse to get to town for supplies. Now we can cruise across multiple states in a matter of hours. With this acceptance of the ease travel also comes a complacency with vehicle safety. Negligent drivers can pose a significant threat to motorists, and so, too, can a defective product. Making matters worse, there may be more defective auto products than most of us are aware.
Most people driving in California take for granted that their vehicles will keep them safe while in use. Should some sort of manufacturing error manifest itself, making the vehicles unsafe, a recall will be issued to fix the defect. However, as one instance shows, a company's legal obligations when it comes to recalls can be affected by a bankruptcy filing.