Most people rely on some kind of motorized transportation to travel. Examples include passenger cars and trucks, buses, vans, and subway trains. Vehicle manufacturers may use around 30,0000 parts to build a single car, and rigorous testing is performed to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
Unfortunately, design or manufacturing defects aren’t always apparent before parts are installed. Many types of defective parts can cause wrecks that may produce injuries and extensive vehicle damage. Injured accident victims often need help pursuing insurance claims in these cases. Jason Stone Injury Lawyers is ready to assist you.
What Is a Defective Product Claim?
Manufacturers intend to produce and sell products that are safe for consumers to use. These products can pass through many stages as they’re made, increasing the chance of flaws. This chance is compounded when many components are used to build other products, such as cars.
When defective car parts cause accidents, injuries and vehicle damage are likely. Some may cause engine fires or fuel tank explosions. If these happen, victims can seek compensation for their damages through a defective product or car accident claim.
These claims can be complex. Your attorney needs to find out where the fault lies, and it may rest with more than one party. Potentially liable parties in defective parts car accident claims include:
- Product designers
- Parts manufacturers or vehicle assemblers
- Parts suppliers
- Drivers who don’t respond to recall notices or fail to repair or replace noticeably dangerous parts
Road defects, like potholes, can cause defective tires to blow out and even cause accidents independently. This kind of crash may bring more complications.
Your attorney from Jason Stone Injury Lawyers will investigate your accident to determine liability. We’ll look beyond the surface to find out exactly why it happened so we can assign fault correctly and seek damages from the responsible parties.
What Kinds of Deadly Defective Car Parts Might Cause Accidents?
Today’s automobiles have sophisticated systems that must meet stringent safety requirements. Manufacturers and the National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration can issue recalls if they discover flaws, but car owners aren’t required to arrange the necessary repairs.
We’ll discuss some of a car’s major systems to give you an idea of how crucial it is that vehicles and all of their parts work correctly.
A collision is almost guaranteed if your brakes are slow to respond or fail altogether. Brake systems are made with many separate parts, including:
- Control module
- Emergency brake
- Wheel speed sensor
- Fluid lines
If one of these or other parts is defective, they will probably cause an accident.
Electrical and Computer Systems
A car’s electrical system includes a battery, starter, alternator, wiring, and sensors. These parts supply power to your vehicle and other electrical components.
Today’s automobiles rely heavily on computer systems. Car computers monitor and control many essential systems and processes.
Being able to steer your car is essential. Steering systems include:
- Steering wheel
- Column and shaft
- Tie rods
One defective part can cause the entire steering system to fail.
Other Deadly Defective Parts
Some faulty vehicle parts won’t necessarily present safety hazards. Others can, including:
- Windshield wipers
- Hoses and clamps
- Welds, nuts, and bolts
Think about the problems that any of those parts can cause if they’re defective. Through no fault of their own, drivers may lose control of their vehicles.
Do Defective Car Parts Cause Secondary Injuries?
Even in car accidents not caused by defective parts, your injuries and car damage may be more extensive if some parts fail and cause secondary damages. Airbags and seatbelts are prime examples.
How Are Deadly Defective Vehicles Car Accidents in Massachusetts Complex?
Product liability and car accident claims present their own challenges. When the two are combined, the complexity can overwhelm those who aren’t accustomed to handling them.
All accidents are different. They happen for varying reasons, and discovering these reasons is vital. To seek compensation for your damages, you must first identify the guilty party or parties. You’ll need evidence that proves someone was responsible, and you’ll need an in-depth investigation if you suspect defective vehicles or parts were to blame for your crash.
Massachusetts requires drivers to obtain specific kinds of car insurance, including personal injury protection policies. No-fault PIP policies pay for certain expenses regardless of who is at fault. However, PIP payouts often aren’t enough to cover all accident-related costs. Other car insurance complications include:
- Underinsured drivers
- Uninsured drivers
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Insurance companies denying your claim or offering substantially less than you deserve
Insurance companies have attorneys and skilled negotiators who often try to minimize payouts. When you hire Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, we will fight to obtain maximum compensation for you.
Modified Comparative Negligence
An investigation may determine that you are partially responsible for causing your accident. Massachusetts uses modified comparative negligence in these cases. You can still seek compensation if you’re 50% or less at fault.
There’s a catch, though. The damages you’re able to receive are reduced by your percentage of fault. That’s why ensuring you’re not assigned an unfair amount of blame is vital. Jason Stone Injury Lawyers won’t let a disproportionate share of responsibility fall onto our clients.
Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is a timeframe for taking legal action. In Massachusetts, the statutes of limitations for personal injury and defective product claims are three years in most cases, although exceptions apply. For instance, any claims against a government entity have shorter deadlines.
If you don’t meet the mandated deadlines, you’ll probably lose your right to seek compensation. Ask Jason Stone Injury Lawyers which deadlines apply to your claim.
Your injuries and property damage likely entitle you to seek different kinds of damages. Insurance companies probably won’t offer compensation for some damages unless you request it. If your case qualifies, your attorney from Jason Stone Injury Lawyers will fight for all the compensation you’re due.
These include reimbursement for specific expenses, like:
- Medical treatments
- Lost wages
- Some necessary daily expenses
- Property damage
Sometimes, you can also seek compensation for future medical costs and time lost from work.
This category includes:
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Being unable to enjoy your life fully
Compensation amounts vary. Ask Jason Stone Injury Lawyers how much you might receive.
Few cases qualify for punitive damages. The guilty party must have been malicious, extremely negligent, or intentionally caused harm.
Why Do We Say, “You Better Phone Stone®?”
Any car accident claim may present challenges, but those involving deadly defective car parts are typically even more complex. Jason Stone Injury Lawyers is well-equipped to handle these cases successfully. With more than 80 years of collective experience, our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for our clients through negotiations and civil lawsuits. Before You Deal With the Insurance Companies on Your Own, You Better Phone Stone®. The Boston Celtics trust us to handle their injury claims, and so can you.
Let us assess your case, and remember that There’s No Obligation, Just Information®. If you choose to hire Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, you’ll benefit from our Stone Cold Guarantee®. Contact us 24/7 using live chat, call us at (800) 577-5188, or submit our contact request form.