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 may include 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 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 case related to an auto defect, including:
- Airbag failure and defects. Either the airbag fails to deploy in a collision, or it deploys at the wrong time (which can actually break bones). Some defective air bags have hit drivers with metal bits similar to shrapnel.
- Defective brakes. Defective brakes may prevent a driver from controlling a vehicle’s speed, making accidents 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 lead to a vehicle fire, posing 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 and 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 may be a key player and may be liable for its unsafe manufacturing processes or faulty designs. If the defect is in a vehicle part that was not produced by that manufacturer, a component manufacturer may be named in a claim or lawsuit. Vehicle or parts dealers may be held responsible for selling defective parts or vehicles. Other companies that are part of the chain of distribution could also be 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 accidents resulting from automotive defects. We have extensive experience with product liability cases, and we are committed to pursuing the best possible outcome available for your case.
Our firm may lead your case by:
- Helping you get medical treatment: If you’ve yet to receive the medical treatment you need, we can help you do so. As you see doctors and receive diagnoses, we’ll document your injuries and treatment.
- Documenting all of your damages: We’ll gather records of your doctor visits, as well as any other medical care that you require. We’ll also seek proof of your other damages—invoices for vehicle repairs, proof that you’ve missed work and lost wages, psychiatric evaluations, and other documentation of your losses.
- Preserving evidence from your accident: Our investigators will pursue evidence of the accident itself. Witness statements, dashcam footage, traffic camera footage, photographs, and a police report may all document your accident. We may even hire an expert to reconstruct your accident.
- Communicating with insurers: Most car accident cases require communications with insurance companies. These communications can be time-consuming and stressful. Even worse, insurance companies may take your words out of context and use them against you. We’ll handle all discussions with insurers and advise you first if you must speak with an insurance representative.
- Negotiating a settlement: We generally seek settlements for our clients. Settling can be the most immediate resolution for a case and can still produce fair compensation for a victim like you. Our team will engage in direct negotiations with those who owe you compensation.
- Completing any necessary trial: If a trial becomes necessary in your case, our team will use all of our resources on your behalf. Though we explore all possible resolutions, we’re never afraid of going to court.
What do Former Clients Say About the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP?
Our former clients know how hard our team works—they’ve seen it firsthand. Many of those clients have gone out of their way to leave our firm complimentary reviews:
- “ Jaffe handled a difficult case for me. He exhibited a keen sense of the law, as well as trial and negotiation strategies. He was attentive to my matter. I highly recommend Mr. Jaffe.” – Anonymous former client
- “ Jaffe is truly professional and highly knowledgeable. He was always accessible for any questions or concerns I had. He showed true compassion for what I was going through. I highly recommend Mr. Jaffe.” – Catherine, former client
- “I can’t begin to find the words to describe how beyond grateful I am to have found this law firm. My attorney Richard Jaffe was spectacular. He was able to help me and put my mind at ease. I live two states away and he went above and beyond to answer all my questions quickly and was easy to get a hold of. Thank you so much. I highly recommend giving him a call.” – George, former client
- “The attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP did a fine job representing me. I was totally impressed with their professional manner of handling my cases. They exhibited the self-confidence a client looks for. I highly recommend them.” – Michael, former client
A defective car accident case can take a significant toll on your health and time. Let us handle your case so you can focus on getting better.
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We have no fear of pursuing actions against auto manufacturers. Our only concern in each case is to see that victims are treated fairly and that the negligent parties are held responsible for the harm they’ve 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 lawyers offer free consultations, including home and hospital visits.
- Department of Transportation: Motor Vehicle Defects and Safety Recalls: What Every Vehicle Owner Should Know
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