Car accidents always involve two more drivers, right? Not necessarily. When car manufacturers fail to maintain product standards and let defective or otherwise dangerous parts hit the market, they put innocent consumers at risk of serious injury.
In recent years, there have been numerous scandals involving vast amounts of automobiles being recalled for potentially hazardous defects. From Takata Corporation airbags failing to deploy during major accidents to General Motors ignition switches randomly shutting off cars while people are driving, the dangers seem to be increasing. This is frightening news – but the good news is that there is always a way to pursue proper compensation after being hurt by a defective auto part.
Product Liability Claims and Class Actions
After getting into an accident or suffering an injury due to a faulty piece of equipment in your automobile, you might have two legal avenues to explore. If it seems that your incident was a fluke, you can work with an attorney to create a product liability claim that represents your individual needs. You will want a case that addresses hospital bills, repair costs, and lost wages, among other recoveries.
If the issue can be linked to a widespread problem affected all cars of similar make and model, you might need to opt into a preexisting class action. In a class action, hundreds or thousands of plaintiffs are represented in one large-scale lawsuit, and any winnings earned are split between them. Regardless of the option you need to use, the Columbus personal injury attorneys at Rourke and Blumenthal can help you.
If any of the following defects have caused you to suffer an injury, you should contact us immediately:
- Airbags failing to deploy
- Airbags deploying without warning
- Restrictive or broken seatbelts
- Tire blowouts
- Improper restraint systems on child seats
- Top-heavy vehicles causing rollovers
We offer free case evaluations to all inquiring parties. Call 614.321.3212 today.