Las Vegas Vehicle Defect Lawyer
It’s natural to assume that the actions of another driver caused your accident if you weren’t at fault. However, some cases don’t involve driver negligence at all. Some accidents and injuries stem from dangerous and defective vehicle parts. Vehicle defects can cause crashes or worsen injuries by failing to perform as the manufacturer intended. Contact our attorneys to start an investigation into your recent Las Vegas car accident. A vehicle defect could be at the heart of your collision or your injuries, making the manufacturer at least partially liable for damages.
Common Vehicle Defects
Part of what makes Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP so unique is our long history practicing law throughout the United States. Our years providing legal services have given us insights into the negligent and careless practices of some of the world’s largest product manufacturers – including automakers. We’ve helped clients with devastating injuries from defective vehicle parts that never should have left the manufacturing facility. Some of the most common defects that result in lawsuits include:
- Bad brakes
- Faulty tires
- Ignition switches that cause fires
- Airbags that fail to deploy
- Seatbelts that come unlatched
- Unsafe vehicle designs
- Collapsing roll cages
- Defective critical vehicle components
- Dangerous child safety seats
- Seatback failures
Some of the name brands currently involved in vehicle product liability lawsuits are Takata, Toyota, and GM. Any company could come under fire, however, if it releases an unreasonably dangerous vehicle due to a design flaw, manufacturing error, or marketing mistake. Safety-related defects that cause or contribute to consumer injuries can end in product liability lawsuits and compensation awards for victims.
Recalls and Vehicle Defect Claims
Just because a company issues a recall does not bar it from liability for a defective product. Issuing a recall is a legal responsibility, as is trying to reach out to all consumers who purchased the defective vehicles. Yet a recall doesn’t necessarily prevent accidents and lawsuits. If the recall comes too late or fails to reach the right consumers, it is useless. Unless the manufacturer can show that the plaintiff knew or reasonably should have known of the defect, yet drove the vehicle anyway, the plaintiff will likely be eligible for compensation.
If you believe your vehicle has a defect, report it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is important to making the roads safer and protecting other drivers from harm. You can file your report over the phone or online. If you’ve already been in a car accident and are curious whether your vehicle contained a defect that caused or contributed to your injuries, contact us. We’ll hire investigators and trusted third parties to inspect your vehicle and uncover any manufacturing issues. In the event that a defect did cause your injuries, you may have grounds for a product liability claim.
When to Call Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP
Always contact our Las Vegas law firm after an auto accident of any kind. Nevada is an at-fault state, meaning you must establish someone else’s fault before you can file an insurance claim. Trust us with your case right from the beginning to benefit from our investigative processes, aggressive claim negotiation, and dedication to victory. We’ll work with your family from start to finish to obtain the compensation we believe you deserve.
Product liability claims can favor the consumer, but they can also be difficult to win. You need a lawyer’s help to go up against major vehicle manufacturing companies and their attorneys. Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP has the trial experience and track record to make you feel confident in your legal representation. Find out how we can help with your vehicle defect claim during a free legal consultation with one of our lawyers. Call (702) 560-5520 to schedule yours. We also take online evaluation requests.