Each year over 2 million people are injured in car accidents. Automobile defects often cause many of those accidents or make the injuries much worse than they should have been. Manufacturers who sell defective vehicles should be held responsible for the physical injuries and monetary damages they cause. For over 40 years, Jacoby and Meyers has provided legal representation to auto accident victims, fighting for – and winning – the compensation they are entitled to.
Manufacturing and Design Defect Lawsuits
Automobile manufacturers have a duty to design and manufacture a safe vehicle. As they research and test their new products, they are made aware of safety concerns in the design, as well as the reliability and durability of their manufacturing materials. Unfortunately, a company’s bottom line sometimes takes priority over the safety of the consumer, resulting in serious accidents and devastating injuries, such as traumatic brain, spinal cord, amputation and burns.
Defective automobile lawsuits are often based on:
- A car’s roof not withstanding a rollover
- A rear end collision causing an explosion
- Air bags not deploying or deploying with dangerous materials exploding inside them
- A seat belt failing to remain latched
- A tire blowing unexpectedly
- Door latch failures
- A side not withstanding impact
- A leaking fuel system
- Defective breaks
Our experienced legal team works with scientific, medical and engineering experts to determine the cause of your accident. We have the time, experience, and resources it takes to prove negligence and win compensation for injuries, repairs, unusable automobiles, and alternative transportation costs.
Defective Brake Systems
Brake systems in vehicles are complex, involving discs, rotors, calipers, and hydraulic lines that must all work together properly in order for the brakes to function and stop the vehicle safely. Leaking hydraulic lines, brakes that overheat, discs that are not properly installed, and calipers that crack are just a few potential defective brake systems. When a brake system fails, you may lose all braking power and be unable to stop or slow down the vehicle.
Brakes can become “mushy,” giving you partial braking power but failing to slow or stop the vehicle quickly enough to avoid an accident. Brakes can grab, causing the vehicle to suddenly jerk to a stop unexpectedly. Defective brakes can also pull to one side, causing you to go off the road, into oncoming traffic, or causing a rollover accident.
Defective Check Engine Lights
The “Check Engine” light can mean something as simple as a poorly fitting gas cap or faulty sensor, or it can mean a serious engine problem such as a malfunctioning electronic throttle control (ETC) unit, which indicates that you are in danger of stalling. Dealerships have a responsibility to find and solve the problem or to replace the vehicle if it is still under warranty. Engine light problems can be very elusive.
Your check engine light may come on and stay on, or it may be come on intermittently. It may be caused by a relatively harmless problem, but it could be caused by something very dangerous that will put you and your passengers at risk. If you have been seriously injured in an avoidable auto accident caused by defective engine lights you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages.
Defective Fuel Systems
All aspects of a vehicle’s fuel system must be properly designed, manufactured, and installed in order to prevent fuel leaks not only during normal driving but also in the event of an accident. When fuel systems leak, especially during and after a motor vehicle crash, they can cause a fuel-fed fire, resulting in severe burn injuries and death. Poorly placed gas tanks are a common example of defective fuel systems, but less obvious problems can pose just as great of a risk; engines that leak gas when a vehicle rolls over can cause a post impact fuel-fed fire.
Gas caps, fuel lines, fuel pumps, and fuel tanks themselves can all be defective. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by a defective fuel system, Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive compensation for your damages.
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We are committed to providing affordable legal representation to those in need. Our personal injury clients pay no attorneys fees until and unless we successfully settle your case or win a verdict in your favor.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a defective automobile, contact our attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.