Defective Vehicles

Your safety; your peace of mind; your justice

When you are sold a vehicle, you expect it to be reliable and safe. You expect this to be a car that, with routine maintenance, can last you years of quality service. But what if something goes wrong?

Manufacturers should be held responsible for these defects. A faulty transmission, leak in brake lines or malfunctioning parts can cause an accident. The vehicle may temporarily be out of your control because of this, and by no fault of your own. The damages, possible injury, and emotional trauma can be hard to cope with after an accident that isn’t your fault, and product liability cases can add more stress on top of what you’re already dealing with. That’s why The Oliver Law Group, P.C. has been helping people in situations just like yours for years. We’re here to help you.

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Vehicle defects are not your fault. The people who should be held accountable are often behind dealership and manufacturer doors. But they aren’t untouchable with the proper legal counsel on your side. You deserve and are entitled to compensation for what you have suffered through. Put your case in our hands, and see how we can follow through for you. Contact us using our online form, or by phone, and we’ll provide a free case evaluation.

Were you injured in a defective vehicle accident?

When we purchase a car or truck, we are trusting it to hold up to safety standards. We are putting ourselves, as well as our loved ones, in hopefully reliable hands. However, defects can make themselves known at any moment. We could be driving down a hill when brakes fail, or on our way home when defective airbags deploy. Heated seats could catch fire at a moment’s notice. There is no way to truly predict these accidents, but there are ways to deal with the traumatic aftermath. You can file a claim against the manufacturer of a defective vehicle part if the defect can be proven. There are certain circumstances in which you can file a claim, such as:

  • There was no manufacturer warning about a known defect
  • A design flaw in the vehicle caused a safety issue
  • The vehicle was poorly or shoddily manufactured

If you were in an accident due to a defective vehicle, your insurance company should cover your costs appropriately. You did not cause the defect, so you are not at fault. However, your insurance company may try to argue that they should not have to pay a penny. They have a multitude of reasons for this. You weren’t driving responsibly, pushing the car too hard, or maybe you purchased the car while already knowing about a defect in order to receive monetary compensation.   The Oliver Law Group, P.C. knows how to fight these accusations for the compensation that you certainly deserve.

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There are Laws against Defects

In order to keep drivers and passengers safe, there are federal laws in place known as the “Motor Vehicle Defects Law.” These laws mandate that all recalls should be made available to the public online in order for them to be made aware and receive the proper service needed to remedy defects. Normally, replacement parts and repairs are done for free. But just because manufacturers are required to address defects promptly does not mean they will actually do so. That’s why you need an attorney to represent you when you are struggling with a defective vehicle claim. Contact us today; you deserve peace of mind.

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Is my vehicle defective?

Vehicle defects can be incredibly obvious, or sneak up when you least expect it. A car or truck could be running like a dream for months until winter hits. If safety is at risk, the defect should be reported to the National Highway Traffic Association. Often, these defects do not just happen to one car-they can affect entire lines of the same make and model. Common defects include:

  • Heating system defects that result in spontaneous fires
  • Faulty airbags that deploy without warning
  • Sudden loss of function in critical systems such as power steering or brakes

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Who is Liable?

In product liability cases, there is more than one type of claim for a vehicle. Claims concerning parts are separated from those that concern a defective and dangerous design. Both require proof that the vehicle was defective, and both require proof that the injuries sustained were directly caused by that defect. Anyone injured by a vehicle’s defect is eligible for compensation, regardless of whether they owned or co-owned the vehicle.

The manufacturer, shipper and dealership could all hold different degrees of responsibility. After all, a vehicle has to pass through all of these channels before leaving the lot, so all could possibly be held accountable.

Product liability cases are not simple, easy, or quickly solved. Your attorney can guide you through each step of the process, and handle the most frustrating, complicated challenges so you don’t have to. Contact us today.

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