Crashes Caused by Vehicle Defects

Experienced Assistance with Your Defective Automobile Accident Case

Federal regulations govern the safety of vehicles across the nation, but despite stringent standards, defective vehicles kill thousands annually and injure many more. Since the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was enacted, more than 390 million cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, mopeds, and recreational vehicles have been recalled, along with over 46 million tires, 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment, and 42 million child safety seats. While recalls are important in preventing defect related accidents, this step often only comes after numerous people have been injured or killed due to a vehicle defect.

At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our Chicago defective automobile attorneys understand how difficult it can be to determine whether an accident was caused by a defective automobile part or design. Our firm has the resources and experience to investigate your accident and bring a strong case against the automobile manufacturer or parts maker that caused your injuries. Defective automobile cases are complex and require prompt action. Do not hesitate to contact our firm if you believe your car accident may be rooted in a defect.

Automotive Design Defects

If an automobile company or parts manufacturer designs a product that is inherently dangerous, then the vehicle or automotive part may be defective. For example, many believe that the ammonium nitrate propellant used in the now recalled Takata airbags is inherently dangerous due to its explosive nature. Other commonly defectively designed automobile parts include tires, seatbelts, roofs, and fuel tanks or systems.

Product designers can be held accountable for injuries or deaths that occur due to the failure of the product design. A defective automobile accident attorney can help you to determine whether the design of the vehicle or a part within it contributed to or caused your accident. Prompt investigations may include photographs of the vehicle and accident scene, examination of the vehicle by a certified mechanic, employing the assistance of an accident reconstructionist, and more.

Car Manufacturing Defects

A manufacturing defect is a defect that occurs when the manufacturer builds a vehicle or part. In this instance, the design of the car or the part itself is safe, but its assembly renders the vehicle or part defective. If the manufacturer uses inferior materials, takes shortcuts or fails to follow proper assembly steps, or makes crucial errors in the assembly of the product, this can create a defect that could result in serious accidents.

Common manufacturing defects that cause car accidents include:

  • Brakes
  • Tires
  • Door latches
  • Steering components
  • Seatbelts
  • Windshields

These are just a few examples of parts that often lead to manufacturing defect cases. Any component within the car has the potential to be defective. Check to see whether your vehicle has been subject to any recalls on a routine basis and consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident to investigate whether a manufacturing defect or defective design contributed to the crash.

Put Our Over 45 Years of Combined Legal Experience to Work on Your Case!

Defective vehicles or car parts can cause serious car accident that may leave your family with significant property and economic damages. If you have been injured in a car accident that may have involved a vehicle defect, the Chicago Defective Automobile Attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC are here to help. Our firm has handled all manner of injury and accident cases, achieving over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. We provide each client with individualized attention and care, striving to achieve your full recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers at (312) 422-0509 or by filling out a free contact form online.