The leading cause of motor vehicle accidents with injuries or fatalities is driver negligence. However, another common cause of serious vehicle collision that are caused by irresponsibility and poses a threat to motorists each and every day is vehicle malfunctions. In a thorough investigation conducted by the national highway transportation safety administration, otherwise known as the NHTSA, nearly 7% of all motor vehicle accidents were caused by a type of automobile malfunction or defect.
The national highway transportation safety administration noted that the most common reasons for automobile malfunctions leading to an accident are:
- Defective or bald tires
- Defective or broken brakes
- Defective Steering system malfunctions
- Engine failure
- Defective or improperly maintain transmissions
- Defective or inadequate suspension
- Broken head or brake lights
It’s a given that motor vehicles require maintenance and eventually break down. If a motor vehicle does not receive its proper maintenance, a vehicle eventually will become not suitable for driving. In such cases where a motor vehicle accident is caused by another’s failure to maintain their motor vehicle properly, there could be a liability in which the victim may pursue a claim against the driver or owner of the motor vehicle or both.
Motor vehicle defects: our automobile manufacturers responsible?
Over the last few years, there have been millions of motor vehicles recalled by major auto manufacturers. Over 11 million vehicles alone were recalled due to defective Takata airbags. Takata airbag defects resulted in some drivers and some front seat passengers receiving life-threatening injuries to their face and neck when involved in a motor vehicle accident. The defective airbags pressurize as normal however the defect cause shards of metal to be thrown into the driver’s or passenger‘s face.
It is common knowledge that automobile manufacturers often make Dangerous errors in the process of manufacturing and designing automobiles. Often times the auto manufacturers will fight a government safety agency’s request for a recall. In some cases, parts manufacturers in automobile manufacturers may ignore defective parts and neglect to inform the NHTSA Of the defect. For example, Takata ignored their life-threatening airbag defect for over ten years before finally reporting the issue to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
If you or a family member have been involved in a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident or if you’ve been involved in any motor vehicle accident that you believe was the result of a defective auto part, contact Parker Waichman for your free case review.
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