When Defective Brakes Cause Accidents
Breit Cantor Grana Buckner—September 8, 2016
While you may have seen plenty of car crashes during your time on the road, there is some assumption that all collisions are caused by one driver or another. This is true in a countless number of cases involving driver negligence — drinking and driving, distracted driving, speeding, etc. — but there are other ways that auto collisions can occur. At times, these types of crashes have nothing to do with either of the drivers or the way they were operating their vehicle. Instead, it has everything to do with manufacturers of auto parts and their quality control failures.
Many auto collisions are caused by defective products such as brakes. When the brakes were not designed or made correctly and don’t work as they should, it can cause difficulty stopping the vehicle suddenly, increasing the risk of a crash. What causes this, though, and how are products released on the market when they are defective?
As a consumer, you expect the items you purchase to be safe or at least have warnings regarding potential dangers. If you use these items as intended and something goes wrong, the manufacturer may be held accountable for any damages you sustain. These are called product liability cases and they often result from either a manufacturing error, a design defect, or a failure to warn. Unfortunately, many manufacturers focus more on their own profit than they do on the safety of the consumer, which leads to potential dangers when used by the consumer.
A manufacturing error occurs during the production of the item, meaning that something was done incorrectly or the product is missing an essential component. A design defect means that there was a problem before the production even started. A failure to warn occurs when the product contains a hazard, but there is no warning to make the consumer aware of the danger.
When brakes are defective, they may crack or they are not thick enough to create the necessary friction to stop the vehicle. If traveling downhill or coming upon sudden traffic, defective brakes can cause a serious collision, which could result in serious property damage and long-term or potentially fatal injury. These kinds of crashes occur far too often and understanding what legal recourse you have is important to make sure you are able to hold the liable party accountable and can seek compensation for the damages you have sustained.
When you have sustained a serious injury as a result of a manufacturer’s negligence, especially with the types of damages caused by auto collisions, you have the right to seek compensation from the responsible party. You may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and more. The manufacturer may be considered liable if they allowed the unsafe product to hit the market and be installed on a vehicle.
At Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, our Virginia auto accident lawyers understand how defective products can cause a crash and result in a serious injury to anyone involved. We have the extensive experience necessary — more than 200 years combined — to guide injury victims through the complex legal system and seek the compensation they deserve. When you choose to have our firm on your side, you can have peace of mind knowing that your case is in good hands.
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