Defective Car Parts Accident Lawyer
Motor vehicle accidents send more than 2 million drivers and passengers to the emergency room on average every year, claiming the lives of more than 30,000 Americans. Driver error contributes to a large share of these accidents, but unfortunately, defective cars and car parts also play a major role in car accident injuries and fatalities.
A motor vehicle involves a mind-boggling number of complex, moving parts that must be designed and manufactured exactly correctly in order to ensure a safe final product. Cost-cutting or poor decision-making at the corporate level can compromise the safety and effectiveness of these parts, putting all drivers at risk.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a defective car part, it is important to get an experienced attorney involved as soon as possible. Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have won a number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, including a $3.35 million award for a woman whose defective fuel tank caused the vehicle to explode in flames. Contact Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi at (201) 585-9111 or fill out an online form to schedule your free and confidential consultation.
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Types of Vehicle Defects
A number of different types of vehicle defects can cause car accidents or cause an accident to be more severe than it should be. Common types of defective car parts include:
- Defective air bags
- Faulty brakes
- Defective seat belts
- Inadequate crashworthiness
- Defective fuel systems
- Poor structure
- Rollover protection
- Defective tires
- Faulty wiring
- Faulty fuel tanks
- Door Latch Defects
There have been a number of motor vehicle defect claims in the national spotlight in recent years, including SUVs prone to rollover accidents; tires that de-tread or “blowout” without warning; motorcycles that “wobble” at high speeds; and ATVs with high rollover risk.
Hybrid vehicles have also opened up the possibility of new defects, as seen in the recent Toyota recall for a faulty Intelligent Power Module; the defective part caused the vehicles to run in a “failsafe” mode with limited acceleration, which is a very dangerous situation to be in on a busy roadway.
Product Liability Cases
“Product liability” is the legal principle that holds manufacturers, designers, distributors, and others in the chain of manufacturing responsible for putting unsafe products on the market. In essence, product liability cases come down to the matter of expectations: a product must meet the expectations of a reasonable consumer. If the product does not, and it causes injury in the process, the responsible party in the manufacturing chain can be held liable for the injuries sustained.
There are two types of product liability claims that apply specifically to defective car parts:
- Design defects are flaws in the original blueprint of a product that cause it to be unreasonably hazardous for consumers. In order to prove that a product’s design is defective, you must be able to show that the product was inherently flawed (i.e. that even if the product were used as instructed, it would still be dangerous). If the product’s design was unreasonably dangerous before manufacturing and it was plausible to anticipate the design was harmful, you will likely have success in a defective design claim. It is also important to consider how the company could have modified the design; if the manufacturer could have used an economically feasible—and superior—design for the product but chose not to, you can build a strong case for manufacturer/designer liability
- Manufacturing defects are mistakes made during the manufacturing process that causes the product to be different from the designer’s or manufacturer’s specifications. In these cases, the manufacturer fails to produce products according to the pre-determined plan, resulting in an unsafe final product. These defects are often the easiest to prove because the internal design standards or specifications will show the final product was manufactured incorrectly.
Why Hire Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi?
Simply put, the Law Firm of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi offers the experience, resources, and reputation you need for a successful product liability case.
Our certified civil trial attorneys have more than 80 years’ worth of combined trial experience. We have collected more than $300 million for clients throughout Cliffside, Bergen County, and all of New Jersey. We have collected a number of significant verdicts and settlements over the last 40 years, including:
- $101 million for a construction accident case in which a 10-story parking garage collapsed, killing 4 people and injuring 32 others (the largest settlement of a construction accident case in U.S. history)
- $11.5 million for a hospital negligence case in which a behavioral health facility failed to adequately treat a patient, who later murdered his wife, daughter, and stepdaughter
- $10 million for a car accident victim who suffered a severe brain injury and visual impairment after being thrown from a vehicle
- $7 million to a 23-year-old pedestrian who suffered a debilitating brain injury after being struck by a vehicle
Whether or not your case goes to, it is crucial to work with a law firm with a rock-solid reputation—especially when it comes to defective car part cases. Automakers have skilled legal teams in place to combat defective product claims because if a judge determines the company was negligent, it will open the floodgates for hundreds or thousands of similar claims. This often spurs nationwide recalls and costs the auto manufacturer a very large amount of money—not to mention the irreversible damage to its reputation.
Insurance companies and opposing attorneys know which lawyers have a proven track record of success and who will fight back in court for their clients; with a respected, experienced attorney working on your case, the insurance company will take your claim more seriously, resulting in higher settlement offers. Even if you do not intend to take the case to trial, it is important to have the possibility of going to court as leverage. Unless the opposing attorney believes that you can and will go to trial, he or she can continue to offer a low settlement amount.
Our personal injury practice is headed by Michael Maggiano, a veteran trial attorney who has been listed by Super Lawyers Magazine as a New Jersey Super Lawyer since 2005. We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is reserved for attorneys who have won million- and multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements, including less than 1 percent of U.S. lawyers.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to a defective car part, we can help. Call (201) 585-9111 or contact Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi to schedule your free consultation today.