What to Do When Injured in an Accident Involving a Defective Motor Vehicle?
Thousands of motor vehicle accidents occur across the United States daily. The overwhelming majority of those accidents happen because of driver error and are not related to any issue involving a defective vehicle. In some cases, the defect is apparent and can be easily discovered. On the other hand, some of the flaws are latent and require additional examination of your vehicle to determine what happened and why. To be sure, people involved in an accident might try to tell the others involved that the crash occurred because of a problem with the car.
The other driver and even the police might not believe the driver’s claims that the accident occurred because of a mechanical failure. Contacting an experienced, knowledgeable, and successful product liability and recall attorney will help you to determine what happened. However, accident victims must act quickly. Evidence favorable to you and your claim will not last forever, and once it is gone cannot be recreated. Therefore, law firms with vast product liability experience know how to access various information stored in your car’s computer system that can help determine the cause of your crash and preserve that information for later use. Much of the most useful information is stored in an event data recorder, which is your car’s black box. Also, the experienced recall liability lawyer will have the capacity to have experts examine the systems of your car who can render an opinion about how the accident happened and why the crash was not your fault. Critically, these expert witnesses can analyze the information obtained from your car to determine whether a manufacturing defect caused the problem.
Determining the cause of the accident does not end the inquiry. Automakers are very powerful companies that hire expensive lawyers to defend their brands. They can argue that your vehicle’s problem is an isolated incident or happened because you or a technician was negligent in repairing your car, or you allowed the problem to linger before repairing it, resulting in irreversible damage to the car.
Lawyers who believe in holding car manufacturers liable for foisting unsafe vehicles on the unsuspecting public anticipate those arguments and try to confront them with cool, hard facts and opinions based on the evidence. Hiring a product defect lawyer with experience and a track record of success will give you the advantage you need when teams of expensive lawyers try to redirect their client’s blame on you.
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