Injuries From Car Recalls: What Should You Do?
How to Handle Injuries From Car Recalls
Motor vehicle manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that all parts of their products are safe and perform as intended. Despite this, there are numerous safety issues that arise and vehicle part recalls each year. Even though manufacturers recall defective parts when necessary, they often do not do an adequate job of informing others about these recalls. In some situations, vehicle manufacturers even attempt to disseminate information about recalls discreetly to reduce the amount of negative press they receive. As a result, some people who are harmed by defective vehicle parts might not even be aware that there was something wrong with their vehicle. It is important to routinely check recall details to make sure that your vehicle is not included. The following will review some of the other important things you can do if you are injured in an accident caused by a defective vehicle part or car recalls.
Remember Your Rights
If you are involved in a personal injury accident, remember that you have rights as an accident victim. This means that if a motor vehicle manufacturer has not yet provided information about a recall at the time of your accident, the manufacturer can still be held potentially responsible for the accident and your resulting injuries.
It is important to hold on to evidence relating to your accident. Because it can be difficult to determine what constitutes evidence, remember that it can include anything that helps to support your claim. To help make sure that you have a sufficient amount of evidence, take photographs of the accident scene, any property damage that results, and any injuries that you have incurred in the accident. If you are not able to take photographs of the scene of the accident, you should ask a family member to help you.
Avoid Getting Your Vehicle Repaired
Avoid getting your vehicle repaired until you have spoken to an accident attorney. Performing repairs before this time can decrease the amount of evidence that you have and weaken your case.
Understand Some of the Laws Involved
There are several different ways in which a manufacturer can be held responsible for an accident. For example, a manufacturer can be held liable under negligence laws. To establish that a manufacturer was negligent, you must establish before a court of law that some element of the vehicle was defective and that this defect ended up causing the accident. A manufacturer can also be held liable under federal laws that protect consumers who purchase faulty vehicles that continue to experience the same issue on four or more occasions. In situations in which a manufacturer attempts to argue that a driver is partially responsible for the accident, strict liability is often the best legal strategy.
Speak with an Experienced Accident & Car Recalls Attorney
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney. Contact Ferrara Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.