Auto manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure the safety and roadworthiness of every vehicle before it is delivered to a consumer. Since 1966, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gained the authority to recall vehicles for safety defects, over 390 million vehicles have been recalled.
If a vehicle is defective – even if it has never been recalled – the result can be extremely serious and often fatal injuries to drivers, passengers and other motorists. If a manufacturer’s defect contributes to a serious auto accident, victims may have the right to seek full compensation for their losses.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our Long Island car accident lawyers represent people who have been injured in any type of accident resulting from an automotive defect. We have extensive experience with these types of cases, and we are committed to reaching the best possible outcome available for your case.
Discuss your case with our Long Island defective automobile lawyers. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Common Types of Auto Defects
Our attorneys are prepared to handle any claim involving injury due to an auto defect, including the following:
- Airbag failure and defects. Either the airbag fails to deploy in a collision, or it deploys at the wrong time (this can actually break bones). Some defective air bags have hit drivers with metal bits similar to shrapnel.
- Defective brakes. Clearly, if a driver can’t control a vehicle’s speed, accidents are more likely.
- Tire blowouts. A sudden blowout, especially at high speeds, can cause a car to veer suddenly, colliding with medians or other vehicles.
- Seatbelt malfunctions. Should an accident occur for any reason, a seatbelt malfunction can lead to severe injuries or death for a driver or passenger.
- Fuel line defects. Any leak or weakness in the vehicle’s fuel system can cause lead to a vehicle fire, with extreme risk of severe burns or loss of life.
- Roof crushes in rollover accidents. If the roof collapses, the driver and passengers are at high risk of head or brain injuries.
How Auto Defects Hurt People
Auto defects can lead to serious injuries, and even death, among drivers, passengers and other motorists.
Generally, safety defects hurt people in one of two main ways. First, they may directly cause an accident on the road. For example, a defective brake system may make the driver lose control of the vehicle and lead to a high-speed collision. Second, even if a faulty part or system does not directly cause an accident, the consequences can be worsened. A faulty airbag, for example, may fail to protect a driver in the event of a collision. Since the victim would otherwise have emerged unscathed, or only suffered minor injuries, the party responsible for the faulty airbag may be held liable.
Who can be Held Liable for Auto Defects?
Determining which parties may be held liable for injuries caused by an auto defect often involves tracing the production and delivery of the vehicle, and uncovering how a defective vehicle or part came to be distributed to the consumer.
The vehicle manufacturer is a key player, and may be liable for its unsafe manufacturing processes or faulty designs. If the defect was in a vehicle part that was not produced by that manufacturer, a component manufacturer may be named in a claim or lawsuit. Dealers may be held responsible for selling defective parts. Other companies that are part of the chain of distribution could be partially liable.
How our Defective Automobile Lawyers on Long Island can Help Victims
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we represent people who have been injured in any type of accident resulting from an automotive defect. We have extensive experience with product liability cases, and we are committed to pursuing the best possible outcome available for your case.
We have no fear of pursuing actions against auto manufacturers. Our only concern in each case is to see that injury victims are treated fairly and that the negligent parties are held responsible for the harm they caused. We are prepared to take on any opponent whose conduct has resulted in serious injury to our client.
Discuss your case with our Long Island car accident attorneys as soon as possible. Contact us today for a free consultation and we will respond immediately. Our Long Island Long Island car accident lawyer offer free consultations, including home and hospital visits.
- S. Department of Transportation: Motor Vehicle Defects and Safety Recalls: What Every Vehicle Owner Should Know
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