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What if My Car Caused My Car Accident?

Posted on - Monday, July 18, 2016 under Car Accident, FAQ What if My Car Caused My Car Accident?

Many if not most of the car accident cases I handle involve injuries caused by driver negligence or recklessness. Sometimes, however, it’s not a driver who’s responsible for an accident. Sometimes, a defect or malfunction in a car can result in a collision or other injury-causing incident. I’m sure you hear or read about car recalls on a regular basis, from problems with ignition switches to brakes to air bags. Car companies recall vehicles because they discover dangerous defects in those vehicles, often after receiving reports or complaints from drivers about accidents, injuries, and even deaths caused by the defective cars.

When your car accident injuries are caused by your car (or even the other driver’s car), what are you supposed to do?

As with all car accidents, the first and most urgent thing you need to do is seek medical attention for any injuries to yourself or your passengers. And as with all car accidents, you should contact and retain an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer can immediately begin his or her investigation, preserve any physical evidence, contact witnesses, and take other steps that can help determine the cause of your injuries and whether you have a claim against the auto manufacturer or other entities such as the manufacturer of the part that malfunctioned.

Even though they have many more parts and therefore have the potential for many more defects, cars are consumer products just like toys, furniture, or tools. When defects in consumer products cause injuries, the manufacturers, distributors, or others can be held liable under products liability principles.

Products liability claims usually fall into one of three categories: (1) Claims for injuries caused by the defective design or unsafe condition of a product (more commonly called the “inherent flaw” case); (2) Claims for injuries caused by a manufacturing defect (usually occurs when a small number of products are defective due to a manufacturing or construction problem); and (3) Claims for injuries caused due to a manufacturer’s failure to display the appropriate warnings.

If you have been injured in a car accident and believe that a defect with your vehicle led to those injuries. We can help. At the Parian Law Firm, LLC in metro Atlanta, our car accident and products liability lawyers have seen firsthand the injuries sustained due to defective or recalled parts on cars and trucks. Whether it is a defective air bag or faulty ignition system, the injuries can be severe. If you believe you sustained an injury because of a defective or possibly recalled part on your vehicle, call The Parian Law Firm, LLC at (770) 727-5550 or chat live online with our staff now. Our job is to protect you.