How Defective Parts Can Lead to Crashes

Car Accident Attorney Explains the Dangers of Defective Parts

Vehicle defects are the primary cause of over tens of thousands of accidents on US motorways every year. Cars are complex machines with various parts. In order for a car to work, each and every part must be intact and work in unison. The responsibility to make sure that everything works well in your car lies with the car’s manufacturer. However, for some reason, many manufacturers just keep on making and selling cars with defects. The fact that tens of millions of cars have been recalled in recent years, either voluntarily or by NHTSA orders, just shows how bad the situation is currently.

Here’s how defective parts can lead to crashes:

Steering system:

It is mainly through maneuvering a vehicle’s steering wheel that a motorist controls his or her car. Failure of the steering system or mechanism can result in severe car accidents as the driver will lose complete control of the direction that the vehicle takes. A steering system failure can be brought about by an electrical failure in the power steering set-up, steering gear failure, or failure in the mechanism’s hydraulics. If this has ever happened to you, you should talk to a car accident attorney to see whether you can file a lawsuit against the car company that sold you the car.

Brakes or braking systems:

A car brake is one of the most important controls in any car, after the steering wheel. The brake helps you to stop or slow down the car’s movement. Defective brakes can cause a severe accident, especially at high speeds.

Tires:

Cases of tires blowing up while vehicles are moving at high-speeds have been reported. Such cases often result in serious accidents with severe injuries and even fatalities. Defective tires such as those which are made using substandard processes (resulting in structural defects) are usually the cause of tire defects

Gas pedal:

Stepping on your gas pedal will obviously accelerate your car and move it forward. However, sticky gas pedals that stay compressed even without your foot on it can contribute to devastating crashes. The possibility of a crash occurring in such situations is very high. Many such cases have been reported in in the state and elsewhere in the country.

Airbags:

The Takata airbag recall was a big issue in the US, but it is not the only one of its kind. In the case of Takata, their airbags exploded in such a way that they caused severe bodily injuries to car drivers and other occupants instead of purely shielding them from the impact of collisions. In some other cases, airbags have deployed without being triggered by a collision. In such situations, drivers’ views and control have been obstructed leading to crashes shortly thereafter. If you were ever involved in a crash because of an airbag or got injured as a result of bad deployment of airbags, contact a car accident attorney now and get to know how much compensation you could possibly get for the damages you suffered.

Windshield wipers:

Windshield wipers that do not work right during bad weather conditions such as snowstorms or heavy rains are a danger to drivers. Defective wipers can affect your visibility and increase the likelihood of you crashing into another vehicle.

Car accidents can result in serious injuries, burns, and even fatalities. Economic losses could also be great. Depending on which part of the car caused the accident, a claim may be filed against the automobile manufacturer, the car dealer, and/or the actual maker of the defective part. Contact a Wilshire Law firm car accident attorney right now to learn more about your legal rights and best options for recovery.

Last Updated: 03-24-2017