As reported in USA Today, auto recalls hit an all-time high with a record number of 51.6 million vehicles in 2015. Most of these cars are still on the road today.
At a glance, many accidents seem to be caused by human error, but upon closer examination, the facts may reveal that a wreck was caused by a defective vehicle. If your car, motorcycle, boat, RV or any vehicle you may own has safety related defects, or no longer meet federal safety standards, a dealership that sells your vehicle may be obligated by law to take the necessary measures to remedy the situation. These measures may include repairs, refunds, or replacement.
Hence, it is vital that you verify the status of your vehicle for the safety of your family. The DMV and several other websites allow you to simply enter your VIN to check if your vehicle has been recalled https://www.recalls.gov.
If you’ve sustained a serious injury or have lost a loved one due to a crash triggered by a defective vehicle, contact a personal injury lawyer right away. You may be able to bring a product liability claim against the vehicle’s manufacturer, but you only have a certain amount of time to do so.
A defective vehicle claim is different from other kinds of accident cases. The reality is that they can be expensive to litigate and need a great amount of expertise and effort. Automakers realize that a lot is at stake for their companies and reputation, which explains why they rigorously challenge any claim made against their products.
Some of the things an experienced lawyer should do when handling a defective product case:
Analyzing The Evidence
Ensure the vehicle(s) involved in the accident are properly examined and photographed. Talk to witnesses and analyze the evidence with a keen eye. Investigate all matters related to your case.
Vehicle recall claims need the insight and expertise of competent accident reconstruction specialists, auto safety experts and engineers. In numerous cases, these claims boil down to a battle between an auto company’s experts an accident victim’s experts.
Aggressively Litigating Your Case
Don’t be surprised when automakers use their coffers to challenge your liability claim. An experienced lawyer will be prepared for this and will have the resources and skill to fight those challenges.
Preparing your Case for Trial
Getting your case ready for the courtroom. Leaving no stone unturned, using the latest in technology, data, and state-of-the-art exhibits.
Seeking Financial Recovery
These types of cases can be disruptive and expensive. Types of damages that may be recovered could include:
- Diminished future income and loss of wages
- Suffering and pain
- Punitive damages
- Past and future medical costs
Remember, time is of the essence. You only have a certain amount of time to pursue your claim. Furthermore, as time goes by, evidence may get lost or destroyed and witnesses’ memories may fade. Don’t wait!
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