Auto Defects

Respected Atlanta Product Liability Lawyers with a Record of Litigation Success

Strong counsel for auto accident victims in Atlanta, Savanah and throughout Georgia when parts of the car fail at the most crucial time

Auto defects are one of the most common types of product liability defects. Vehicle manufacturers owe the buyers and drivers a duty to make certain the car and all the parts of a car are safe. Because the manufacturer is in the best position to ensure that car parts are defect-free, Georgia imposes strict liability on any manufacturer, distributor, or vehicle seller when a car defect causes injury.

At Harris Lowry Manton LLP, we have the experience and abilities that product liability victims and families need. Our Atlanta product liability lawyers have obtained more than 14 multi-million-dollar product liability settlements and verdicts. In one case, firm partner Jeffrey Harris filed suit against Ford Motor Company for permitting an auto defect that caused a spinal fracture. After attorney Harris demonstrated Ford’s knowledge and persistent negligence of the dangerous defect, his client was awarded more than $47 million. In another case, we obtained a $40 million verdict on a behalf of a couple when a Ford Explorer unexpectedly shifted from park to reverse.

Common types of auto defects

Cars and other vehicles can be defective because of faulty design, improper workmanship, or misleading instructions. Some of the more common types of auto defects our Georgia auto defect lawyers handle are:

  • SUV rollovers
  • Rollover roof crush
  • Seatbelt defects
  • 15-passenger van rollovers
  • Seat back defects
  • Door latch defects
  • Window glazing defects
  • Air bag failure
  • Tire blowouts
  • Brake shift interlock
  • ATV defects (four-wheelers, recreational vehicles)
  • Tire/rim mismatch
  • General crashworthiness issues

In many cases, clients come to our lawyers unaware of the extent to which defective parts were to blame for their injuries or for the loss of their loved ones. Our attorneys engage in extensive investigation for every case, gathering documents and consulting experts in both accident reconstruction and automotive design.

If a car defect causes an accident, it is often the case that the same defect exists in hundreds or thousands of vehicles with the same make and model. Our Atlanta auto product defect lawyers investigate whether the vehicle was subject to any recalls. We also investigate if a class action lawsuit is warranted because many other drivers and passengers may have been hurt due to the same problem.

Make an appointment with a leading Atlanta product liability lawyer now

When manufacturers put profit ahead of safety, they deserve to be held accountable. Vehicles should go through rigorous testing procedures before they are produced and before they are allowed to be driven. At HLM, our Savannah and Atlanta auto defect attorneys guide clients through the complicated maze of product liability litigation. We explain that the victim does not always have to prove negligence — just that the product was defective and the defect caused harm. If negligence occurred, we work to prove that too.

To get compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost income, please phone our offices in Atlanta at 404-998-8847 or Savannah at 912-417-3774. You can also complete our contact form. Initial consultations are free.

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