Holding negligent manufacturers accountable for auto defects

product liability | May 27, 2014

In our last post, we discussed one of many lawsuits that have been filed against General Motors in the wake of the auto manufacturer’s recall of millions of potentially dangerous vehicles in California and the rest of the United States.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires the manufacturers of motor vehicles to comply with many safety standards that are intended to help prevent car accidents and protect vehicle occupants in case a crash should occur. For that reason, we assume that the vehicles we purchase are safe and will perform as expected.

However, auto manufacturers don’t always comply with the standards and sometimes profits are put ahead of safety. All too often, poorly-designed air bags, seat belts, door latches, tires, roofs and other systems result in serious or fatal accidents that could have been avoided.

Under the product liability laws of California and most other states, auto manufacturers can be held liable for accidents that were caused by defective automobiles, including cars, trucks, boats and even all-terrain vehicles.

Victims of accidents caused by defective vehicles or vehicle parts can pursue financial compensation from negligent manufacturers for past and future medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repairs, and pain and suffering.

But products liability lawsuits can be difficult to prove and involve a highly complex set of laws. Our firm knows how to carefully handle every aspect of a defective automobile case, from the in-depth investigation, to the consultation of industry experts, to the trial, if necessary.

To find out more about our practice or whether you might be entitled to damages resulting from an accident caused by a defective automobile, please visit our Sacramento Product Liability Lawyer page. If you or a loved one has suffered because of an auto defect, you have a right to seek damages.