Car accidents can result from vehicle manufacturer’s negligence when defects or design flaws in a car’s construction lead to safety hazards. These issues can include faulty brakes, defective airbags, or inadequate crash protection measures. Such negligence may endanger drivers and passengers by increasing the likelihood of accidents.
Fortunately, you can sue a car manufacturer for an accident in Georgia. There are multiple types of damages that may be pursued through such a claim. During your free case review, the team at our law firm can help explain which damages may be available to you.
In the aftermath of your crash, seek help from our experienced Georgia car accident lawyers at Howe Law by calling (844) 876-4357.
Suing a Vehicle Manufacturer in Georgia
In Georgia, you can sue a vehicle manufacturer for a car accident if the crash occurred because of the manufacturer’s negligent conduct. Usually, these claims stem from one of the following forms of negligence:
When pursuing a claim against a vehicle manufacturer based on defective design in Georgia, it’s crucial to establish that the design of the vehicle itself was inherently unsafe and directly contributed to the accident. This could involve demonstrating that the vehicle had a structural flaw that made it prone to rollovers, a design defect that impaired stability, or any other element that significantly increased the risk of accidents.
To build a strong case based on defective design, our Atlanta car accident attorneys will collaborate with experts to assess the design and safety standards, gather evidence, and demonstrate how a defect led to the accident at issue.
In the case of manufacturing defects, you must show that a specific issue occurred during the vehicle’s manufacturing process, and that this defect caused or worsened the accident. These defects can encompass a wide range of problems, from faulty brakes and defective airbags to issues with critical components like the engine or transmission.
Our legal professionals will work diligently to investigate the manufacturing process, consult experts, and gather evidence to establish the link between the defect and the accident. This rigorous approach is essential to holding a manufacturer accountable for the harm caused by their product.
Failure to Warn
Manufacturers are obligated to provide clear and adequate warnings about potential dangers associated with their vehicles. If a lack of warnings or misleading information contributed to the accident, then you may have a valid claim against the at-fault manufacturer. This could involve situations where the manufacturer failed to warn consumers about the risks associated with certain vehicle features or failed to provide proper instructions for safe operation.
Our legal team can examine vehicle’s documentation, consult industry experts, and gather evidence to prove that the manufacturer’s negligence in warning or instructing users played a significant role in causing your accident.
Common Types of Vehicle Defects that Lead to Accidents in Georgia
There are several types of vehicle defects that can cause harmful accidents. For instance, the following are all common example of defects that cause crashes in Georgia:
Faulty brakes can pose a significant safety hazard on the road. These defects may include issues like brake fluid leaks, worn brake pads, or malfunctioning brake lines. When brakes are compromised, the driver’s ability to slow down or stop the vehicle is impaired. This can lead to rear-end collisions, inability to navigate sharp turns, or difficulty in stopping in emergencies. Brake defects are particularly dangerous because they directly affect a driver’s ability to control the vehicle’s speed and avoid accidents.
Defective airbags are a serious concern as they are designed to provide crucial protection during accidents. Malfunctioning airbags can either fail to deploy when needed or deploy unexpectedly during non-collision situations. When airbags do not function as intended, occupants are at risk of severe head, neck, and chest injuries because they lack the essential cushioning and restraint provided by properly functioning airbags.
Tire blowouts often result from manufacturing defects, weak sidewalls, or tread separation. When a tire suddenly bursts, the driver may lose control of the vehicle, especially at high speeds. This can lead to rollovers, collisions with other vehicles, or running off the road. Tire blowouts are particularly dangerous because they can cause sudden and unpredictable changes in vehicle behavior.
Steering System Flaws
Defects in the steering system can make it challenging for the driver to maintain control of the vehicle. Problems like power steering unit defects or issues with tie rods can result in difficulty steering or sudden changes in direction. These defects are especially concerning because they can lead to accidents when drivers struggle to navigate curves, maintain lanes, or avoid obstacles in their path.
Acceleration and Transmission Issues
Acceleration and transmission defects can create dangerous situations on the road. Unintended acceleration can cause a driver to lose control, while transmission defects, such as sudden gear shifts or delayed responses, can lead to accidents when drivers cannot properly control their vehicle’s speed and movement. These defects are concerning because they can result in erratic and unpredictable driving behavior.
Fuel System Problems
Defects in the fuel system, such as leaks or faulty components, can increase the risk of fires and explosions in the event of an accident. These defects not only pose a direct threat to occupants but can also lead to more extensive property damage and more severe accidents.
Electrical System Failures
Electrical defects in a vehicle can result in various issues, including malfunctioning headlights, brake lights, or turn signals. These defects compromise visibility, making it difficult for the driver to signal intentions, react to changing road conditions, or be seen by other drivers. Impaired visibility is a significant safety concern, especially during adverse weather or low-light situations.
Seatbelt and Restraint System Failures
Defective seatbelts and restraint systems may not properly secure occupants during a collision. When these safety systems fail, occupants are at a higher risk of being ejected from the vehicle or suffering more severe injuries. Seatbelt and restraint system defects directly impact the vehicle’s ability to protect occupants in the event of an accident.
Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys for Assistance with Your Lawsuit in Georgia
Seek guidance from our experienced Georgia personal injury attorneys by calling Howe Law at (844) 876-4357.