Most car accidents are caused by driver error, but in some instances, vehicle defects can also lead to devastating car wrecks.
The problem of course is that unless a car manufacturer issues a recall, it is impossible for drivers to know whether or not their vehicles are defective, which means that when the defect occurs, it will do so without warning.
Therefore it is important for you to know some of the more common vehicle defects, so that you can have your car inspected to ensure that nothing is amiss.
Defective Tires Can Lead To Car Accidents
Defective tires are an ongoing problem, typically due to tread problems that can cause a tire to fail as you are driving, which can lead to a rollover or a chain reaction accident.
In fact, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), defective tires lead to 33,000 car accidents and more than 500 fatalities each year.
And sadly, there have been too many instances in which manufacturers failed to contact drivers about defective tires that had been recalled, leading directly to fatal car wrecks.
The recent Takata airbag recall highlighted the problem that occurs when airbag are not properly made, leading to the possibility of deadly injuries if those airbags deploy during a collision.
Two common types of airbag defects are airbags that won’t deploy in a collision, and airbags that deploy at the wrong time, which could seriously injure or kill a driver or passengers.
Brake defects often cause serious accidents, because they usually occur when you are trying to brake in traffic, and can lead to rear-end accidents.
Common types of brake defects include brakes that are prone to overheat, brakes that lock, which prevents you from pressing down, and brakes that slow your vehicle’s forward progress, but fail to bring it to a complete stop.
Brake defects can also result from a slow leak that eventually compromises the pressure in the brake line, which affects proper brake function.
Getting Justice From a Third Party
When you suffer injuries from a car accident caused by a manufacturer’s defect, obtaining compensation is not just about getting as much money as you can; it is also about ensuring that the third party responsible is held accountable for their negligence. But you must hire an experienced law firm to successfully pursue this type of claim, which is why you need the team of Fetterman & Associates, PA on your side. We have the resources to fight on your behalf, and we have a track record of winning settlements. Please contact us today for a free legal consultation.