Vehicle Recall Lawyers
Every day, we get in our cars with our families, and we trust that the vehicle is safe to drive. We hope it will not cause an accident, and that in the event of an accident it will keep us reasonably safe. Unfortunately, car manufacturers have a long history of incorporating known defects in their automobiles, defects they work hard to conceal. Other vehicle manufacturers have learned much from the skill of car manufacturers in this area, and many vehicles with known defects are marketed for safe use instead of issuing a vehicle recall.
If you suspect your accident or injury was caused by a defective vehicle, talking to an attorney can help you understand your legal rights and put you in touch with others affected by the same defect. Just recently the Pisanchyn Law Firm won $1.9 million for the family of Dunmore man who tragically lost his life in an accident due to a faulty ignition switch in the GM car he drove. GM acknowledged it knew about problems with the ignition switches in several of its models for at least a decade before it began recalling the vehicles in February 2014.
Common Defects found in Vehicle Recalls
A vehicle is supposed to give its driver or operator the power to avoid accidents. They should be stable, maneuverable, and with adequate braking to avoid obstacles. Many vehicles are not, however, and their design may lead to accidents. Examples defective motor vehicle lawsuits include:
Spontaneous acceleration events in cars
Air bags that inflate unexpectedly, causing car accidents
Brakes that tend to fail or stick
These types of defects significantly increase your risk of injury or death in the vehicle.
Defects That Cause Vehicle Recall Injuries
A vehicle is also supposed to protect its users in the event of a reasonably foreseeable accident. However, sometimes vehicles may actually increase your risk of injury in an accident. This type of vehicle defect includes:
Fuel tanks that tend to be punctured or catch fire in accidents
Cars with defective seat belts that fail to protect in a car accident
Headrests in cars that can increase your risk of whiplash injury
ATVs that are designed with passenger areas inadequate to protect riders from rollovers
These types of defects can transform a minor accident into one where you suffer serious injury. It may even lead to the death of passengers or drivers in the vehicle.
Concealing Defects to Prevent Vehicle Recalls
Car manufacturers are experts at denying defects exist. They may have designed a car with the defect or learned from early testing or in-the-field crash reports that the defect exists, but they will often continue to deny the existence of the defect because vehicle recalls are costly. They may make payments to victims on condition of silence, quietly recall cars for unrelated minor problems, or just feign ignorance.
Getting past the strategies car manufacturers use to conceal their defects takes a lot of work, a high level of expertise, and the participation of every accident victim. If you have been hurt by what you think might be a defective vehicle, talking to an attorney with experience handling defective vehicle lawsuits may help you and others who have been hurt to get the answers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of car accident don’t assume that the crash was your fault or that the injuries ensued from the crash were unavoidable.
Our Pennsylvania Vehicle Recall Lawyers Can Help
Contact our experienced accident attorneys after you or a loved suffers an injury as a result of an accident that you believe was caused by a vehicle malfunction. We will gather the evidence and use our expertise to help you get compensation from whomever is responsible for your vehicle malfunction caused collision.
Whether defective seat belts, car seats, airbags, brakes, gears or tires caused your accident or made it worse please, fill out the form on the right or call our Pennsylvania accident attorneys now toll free at 1-800-444-5309.