Not every accident is the result of driver error. Mechanical failures claim their share of victims as well. Motor vehicles are complex machines and a breakdown of an essential component can be disastrous. If you’ve suffered an accident due to an auto defect, you probably feel betrayed by the company you trusted to sell you a safe product.
But just wait until you try to confront that huge corporation; you’ll see a side of that company that’s not featured in car commercials. These companies are notorious for running up litigation expenses and attempting to “run out the clock” on plaintiffs to force them to settle for less than their case is worth. We know their tactics and are prepared to counter them. Fortunately the attorneys at Harris, Wyatt & Amala in Salem have the experience to square off against major corporations and hold them accountable.
Our Salem attorneys offer a free initial consultation at 866-364-4872.
Defective Parts Lead To Accidents And Wrongful Death
In 2014, General Motors was in the headlines for a defect in its ignition switch that is currently linked to 57 deaths. The switch was observed to fail while a vehicle was in use, cutting electricity to power brakes and power steering. Another part failure that made news recently was the Toyota accelerator pedal that would allegedly stick in a depressed position, preventing drivers from slowing down or stopping. This problem is alleged to have caused 89 deaths between 2001 and 2010. Other parts that are prone to defects include:
- Air bags
- Child safety seats
- Seat belts
Companies do issue recalls when there is evidence that defective parts may harm consumers. But, recalls are expensive and are easily interpreted as an admission of liability. Companies often wait quite a while before mounting evidence compels them to recall cars. In the meantime, casualties start to add up.
Who Is To Blame In An Auto Defect Case?
Automobile manufacturers are strictly liable for defects. That means you don’t have to prove they were negligent in designing or manufacturing the part; you only have to show that a defect existed and the defect caused your injury. A notable exception to this rule is if negligent repair caused the defect. If your mechanic got a perfectly good set of brakes from the manufacturer and installed them improperly so they didn’t function when called upon, the mechanic is at fault for introducing the defect. As you can imagine, these cases often involve a great deal of finger-pointing among defendants. It helps to have an experienced car accident lawyer on your side, so the right parties are held accountable.
Meticulous Investigation And Dedicated Resources
If you’ve suffered an accident in Oregon because of a defective auto part, you can trust our firm to represent you vigorously. We have the experience and resources to take on large corporations and obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us at 866-364-4872 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation.