Denver Auto Product Defect Attorneys
There are more than 268 million cars on American roads. As we have seen time and time again, one weak link can snap an important chain - and one faulty auto part can cause untold damage to unsuspecting drivers across the country. When we buy vehicles, we have certain expectations about how they should perform. If a danger exists, the seller, designer, or manufacturer must fix it before someone gets hurt. Often, they don’t - playing the odds and hoping you won’t be the one to take them to court.
Don’t be intimidated by big-name brands. If you were injured by a faulty auto part, you deserve compensation. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we have won significant verdicts for seriously injured clients. Our team of trial lawyers has enough experience and knowledge to take on the largest auto manufacturers and win. We represent the victims who need it the most, and we do not rest until we see justice done - and the faulty product removed from the market. Call (877) 433-3906 for no-charge consultation to discuss your options.
All manufacturers are held to a legal standard when it comes to their products - they must be safe for intended use. This is what is called “product liability.” In the automotive business, that standard is much higher. Auto makers place powerful and potentially dangerous machines in the hands of consumers. From initial design to manufacturing to quality control before putting a vehicle or part on the market, auto companies, as well as those they work with, are responsible for making sure their products don’t cause harm to people when used the right way.
Cars are incredibly complex machines. Many different parts go into making a car, but when it comes to auto product defects, each case falls into one of two categories:
Design defects: When a car or its parts are first being made, they must go through a design process. During this process, tests are run to make sure each part performs as it is supposed to. If a part is defective, it needs to be redesigned or scrapped completely. To save time and money, design teams will sometimes skip tests, or ignore the results, to get a new product on the market quickly. If a design flaw made your vehicle inherently dangerous, the design team, as well as the company they work for, is the responsible party.
Manufacturing defects: Sometimes products are designed properly and safely, with all required tests run and responded to. After that point, the product has to be made. At the manufacturing stage, there is ample opportunity for things to go wrong. This is why there should always be quality checks in place to make sure all products are up to standard. If your auto defect is due to a manufacturing issue, then the company or factory responsible for building the part may be responsible.
While there are two categories to classify auto defects, there are countless ways that an auto part can fail. In our experience, there are a few defects that occur more often, including:
- Faulty airbags
- Faulty seatbelts
- Unresponsive brakes
- Weak or poorly designed roofs
- Defective accelerators
- Cracked or popped tires
- Faulty wiring
- Structural failures
- Fuel system leaks
When auto products fail, it puts your life, the lives of your passengers, and the lives of everyone on the road at extreme risk. Not only could the resulting collision be fatal, but if you survive, it could cause disabilities that completely alter the way you live. As a result, you may end up struggling financially, which is why filing a product liability claim is so important. However, the first step to filing a claim is to identify the responsible party.
When a part fails, there are a number of parties who could be responsible for that failure. Figuring out which one is liable for your injuries requires an in-depth investigation, proper evidence, expert opinions, and even an accident reconstruction. However, there are a few parties that are often at fault, such as:
The design team: As mentioned, the design team is responsible for running appropriate tests and making sure a product is safe. If they fail to do so, thousands of people could be severely injured or killed. It was the design team that was responsible for the 2009-2011 Toyota recalls.
The manufacturing team: Again, the manufacturing team is responsible for making sure all products are made correctly. When they neglect to do proper quality checks, then they are liable for any resulting injuries.
The shipping company: Cars and car parts must be shipped from the manufacturing factory to where they will be sold. That process will likely involve ships or trucks, and in both cases, there is a risk that the car will be exposed to the elements and will rust, will be jostled or broken, or otherwise become defective. Shipping companies must make sure all car parts they ship remain in peak condition.
The dealership: Once a car or part has been shipped, it will be dropped off at a dealership. Parts and cars can stay at dealerships for a long time, waiting to be bought. Those in charge of these dealerships need to make sure that the products they sell have not fallen into disrepair or been damaged.
The mechanic: Mechanics are often the final destination for auto parts, which are then used to update or fix cars. The mechanic needs to install the part correctly, and make sure all parts are safe for use. If they fail in this responsibility, then they may be the party liable for your accident.
It can be hard for someone without experience to conduct the kind of investigation needed to determine who caused the auto defect. Thankfully, when you work with Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., you work with experienced lawyers who can help you figure out exactly who owes you proper compensation.
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. we have the resources, creativity, and determination to take your case all the way to trial and beyond. Our attorneys have decades of experience in auto product cases and have achieved record-breaking verdicts and settlements for injured clients across the nation. When we take your case, you get a team of top-rated trial lawyers with a variety of backgrounds - medicine, criminal justice, and more. Together, we work with expert witnesses, medical providers, visual/graphic designers, and accident reconstructionists to achieve our main goal: telling your story to the jury and getting you the justice you deserve.
When it comes to auto product defects, we have handled:
- Seat belts
- Fuel systems
Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reviews and issues recalls of dangerous vehicles and parts, many items are missed. If you suspect an auto defect caused or contributed to your motor vehicle accident - for example, a seat belt snapped, or your airbag incorrectly deployed, or your brakes failed - don’t hesitate to call us. By tackling the issue, we can investigate and ensure that more people are not hurt. However, each state has statutes of limitations that place a limit on how long you can file a claim. The sooner we can start our investigation, the better our chances of getting you compensation. In the meantime, it is important to preserve your vehicle as is. Do not have it repaired or allow an insurance company to examine it until we have our own experts look for defects.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by an automotive defect, we are the team to help you. We do not charge for an initial consultation or questions. In fact, if we take your case, we handle the upfront costs of litigation and only get paid if you receive a settlement or verdict. We have the financial and legal capabilities to take on any auto manufacturer in the world.
When we at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. take on a defective vehicle or part, our goal is to keep it from harming anyone else. As one of the finest law firms in the country, we feel a strong duty to the public, and our cases and advocacy have created change at a national level.
However, our clients always come first. When we take your case, you won’t have to worry. You will be surrounded by a support team that will treat you with respect and always do what is best for your future well-being. To speak to our award-winning firm, please call (303) 759-9945 or toll-free at (877) 433-3906.