Types of Auto Defect Cases We Handle
Cars, trucks, and other types of vehicles can have any number of defects—whether in the design of the vehicle itself, the way in which it was manufactured, or in the manufacturing or installation of a single part. These cases are notoriously difficult to prove, however, as it is not always immediately obvious that an auto defect led to an accident or resulted in more severe injuries.
At The Ammons Law Firm, we understand these types of cases, and we know how to prove liability. Our Houston auto defect lawyers handle all types of claims, including those involving:
- Airbag defects
- Defective automobile door latches
- GM auto defects
- Ford F-250/350 Rollover
- Post-auto collision fires
- Seat belt failures
- Roof crush rollover accidents
- Tire defects
Seeking Fair Compensation for Your Injuries
In the wake of an automobile accident, you may find yourself suffering from significant, even catastrophic injuries. You may have lost a loved one in a devastating crash. At The Ammons Law Firm, we understand that there is no compensation for such losses. However, if a defective automobile or auto part led to the accident, you may be able to hold the manufacturer or a related party accountable under strict liability laws.
In other words, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your damages, such as:
- Immediate emergency medical treatment
- Ongoing and future medical care
- Lost wages/income
- Lost or reduced earning ability
- Pain and suffering, including emotional trauma
- Disability and disfigurement
- Property damage
In the case of the wrongful death of your loved one due to a defective vehicle or automobile part, you may also be able to recover compensation for burial and funeral costs, loss of companionship and support, and more.
What makes a car or auto part defective?
The various entities involved in creating automobiles and auto parts—from initial design to manufacturing to sale and distribution—are required by law to create well-designed, reasonably safe vehicles and auto features. This does not always happen. When automobiles are poorly designed or manufactured in such a way that they can cause unreasonable harm to consumers, they are said to be defective. Similarly, auto parts, such as airbags and seatbelts, are defective when they fail to do what they are supposed to—keep passengers safe.
Who is liable for my injuries and damages?
In auto defect cases, the type of defect will point to liability. For example, if an SUV’s design makes it highly susceptible to rolling over, the vehicle designer is likely liable. Meanwhile, if a seatbelt comes unlatched in a collision due to a manufacturing mistake, the seatbelt manufacturer may be liable. If an airbag was incorrectly installed, the entity responsible for installing it could be held liable. In any case, auto manufacturers are typically “strictly liable” for injuries and deaths caused by their products. This means you do not need to prove negligence, as in most other types of personal injury claims.
What are some of the most common auto defects and recalls?
Some of the most common auto defects and recalls involve SUVs and pickup trucks that are prone to rolling over, defective tires, faulty airbags, seatbelt failure, defective door latches, and improper fuel tank placement leading to post-collision fires. At The Ammons Law Firm, we represent victims of all types of auto defects and have extensive experience in this niche area of law.
Why should I work with an auto defect attorney?
Auto defect cases are complex. First, even proving that an auto defect caused an accident is difficult and requires an exhaustive investigation. Second, taking on large auto manufacturers and their legal teams is no easy feat. But, at The Ammons Law Firm, we have over a century of combined legal experience in navigating these types of claims. By working with an attorney at our firm who has particular experience in this area of law, you can better your chance of a favorable outcome. We understand how to navigate the process in an effort to secure the maximum compensation you are owed.