Car manufacturers make serious mistakes that result in defective cars being driven out on the roads. Some of these defects increase the chances of the cars getting into car accidents, while others make such incidents worse. For example, it is not hard to see how a malfunctioning accelerator could lead to one car rear-ending another, while SUVs were once infamous for the brain and spine injuries inflicted as a result of crushed roofs in roll-overs
Can You Sue the Car Manufacturer for a Car Accident?
When the car manufacturer makes a mistake that either causes or contributes to a car accident, the people involved in said incident can make a product liability claim against them.
Most of these mistakes fall into one of three categories. First, it is possible for the car manufacturer to have used a flawed design. One example is how the Ford Pinto had unfortunate tendencies of catching on fire because its fuel tank would rupture in collisions and then spill flammable fuel beneath the car. Second, it is possible for the car manufacturer to have made a mistake in its manufacturing process, like when General Motors had to recall about 800,000 of its cars in 2014 because of problems with their ignition switches. Third, it is possible for the car manufacturer to market its cars using inaccurate information, which can lead to serious problems when their customers attempt to act on it.
Who Can Sue the Car Manufacturer for a Car Accident?
It is interesting to note that all parties in a car accident involving a defective car can make a product liability claim against the car manufacturer. The person driving the defective car can make a product liability claim because it might have either caused or contributed to the car accident. Likewise, the person who was struck in the car accident can make a product liability claim for much the same reason. However, it is important to note that the person who was struck can make a product liability claim against the car manufacturer as well as second a claim against the person driving the defective car.
Generally speaking, someone who chooses to make a product liability claim against the car manufacturer needs to clear three criteria. First, said individual must have suffered a loss. Second, that loss must have been brought about as the result of a defect in the car. Third, the car must have been used as the car manufacturer intended at the time. For example, someone driving a car with a weak roof will not be successful with a product liability claim against the car manufacturer if it remained untouched in a car accident.
To learn more about either car product liability claims or product liability claims for other products, please contact us for our expertise and experience. If you have been hurt because of a mistake on the part of the car manufacturer, then you deserve to be compensated for your loss. The sooner that you get in touch with us, the sooner that you will have the legal professionals that you need by your side.