Crashes Caused by Defective Auto Parts
Experienced Atlanta Automotive Product Liability Lawyers
Protecting clients in Atlanta, Savannah and throughout Georgia who were injured by defective vehicle parts
In many Atlanta and Savannah car accidents, the driver of the car is responsible for any deaths or injuries he/she causes. In other cases, though, the cause of the crash can be traced to a defective car part. If the brakes were made improperly, the steering mechanism was improperly designed, or warnings were unclear, then those who made or sold the product can be held accountable. Victims in car defect cases are entitled to recovery on a theory of strict liability. This means the makers of the products and others in the supply chain are liable, even if they were not negligent.
Proving a product liability case requires having a network of professional relationships. Car engineers and safety experts are needed to prove that the defect existed at the time of the accident and that the defect caused the person’s injuries or a loved one’s death. The Atlanta auto accident attorneys at Harris Lowry Manton LLP have obtained a rare level of success in strict liability cases, obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients:
- $47.7 million verdict against Ford Motor Company after defective seat back latch caused the seat to collapse on a child, rendering her paralyzed from the chest down.
- $40 million verdict against Ford Motor Company after a defective gear shifter caused our client to be run over, rendering her a paraplegic.
- $16.52 million verdict against Michelin after a defective tire led to the death of our client’s husband.
- $10.6 million verdict against Ford Motor Company when a defective throttle led to a rollover crash.
How car part manufacturers and others are held liable for defective products
Both original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and businesses that design and build after-market auto parts earn a lot of money from the sale of those parts. These companies are in the best position to make certain their designs and products are safe, which is why they are held to a strict liability standard instead of a negligence standard. Auto manufacturers can also be sued when defective parts fail, on the basis that express or implied warranties were breached or that the company was indeed negligent.
The manufacturer of the part is not the only entity that can be liable. Distributors and retailers can also be held accountable for defective auto parts. If the car manufacturer made the part, they can be held liable. When car parts cause death, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, broken bones, or any physical harm, our Atlanta car product liability attorneys work to prove the following critical elements:
The part was defective
- The defect caused the injuries or death
- The part was properly used by the consumer
A car part is defective if the design is faulty, the part is made improperly, or there were no warnings or improper warnings about the risks involved with using the product. Cars can also be considered defective if they are not crashworthy.
OEM and after-market manufacturers have an additional duty to recall unsafe products if they fail to meet minimal safety standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the authority to issue car safety standards. If NHTSA issues a recall, the part makers and car manufacturers must inform the owners of the car that use that part.
What kinds of injuries are caused by defective auto parts?
Defective auto parts have played a role in some of the most famous recall cases in U.S. history. Takata’s defective airbags, Jeep’s defective gear shifters, Volkswagen’s emissions: these are the cases that garnered the most media attention not only because of the danger that drivers faced, but, at times, because of the sheer hubris of the manufacturers. Defective auto parts have played a role in some of the most serious injury cases Harris Lowry Manton has handled, leading our clients to sustain:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis
- Loss of limbs
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Internal organ and soft tissue damage
- Loss of sight and/or hearing
Many of the victims sustained life-altering injuries, and now live in constant pain. In the most tragic circumstances, defective car and truck parts have led to the wrongful death of drivers, passengers and their children. When these types of injuries occur, a lawsuit against the manufacturer may be the only way to hold a company accountable for your loss, and to put an end to dangerous practices.
Talk to a top Georgia product liability attorney after a car crash caused by a defective part
Drivers rely on their cars to work when they start, during the drive, if they shift gears or lanes, or even if a car accident happens. If a car part failure kills a loved one or causes you or a loved one to suffer, the strong Atlanta car part defect lawyers at Harris Lowry Manton have the effective control to guide you through each stage of your case. We are the firm that other law firms and Georgia residents trust to firmly handle your case from the first free consultation to the jury trial or negotiated settlement.