Automobile Injuries Due to Defective Vehicles

By on January 12, 2012

Most automobile vehicle accidents can be prevented by safe driving, but even the most defensive drivers will in all likelihood be struck by a careless driver.  We trust that the airbags, seat belts, and other safety components of our cars will protect us and minimize if not prevent severe injuries.  However, one recall after the next reminds us that automobile manufacturers continue to sell defective vehicles.  Examples include airbags that fail to deploy, seat belts that do not latch in a severe collision, tire tread separation, and rollover collisions.

In Virginia as in most states, the manufacturer and seller of a vehicle warrant that the vehicle is free from defects and is fit for use on the highway.   Proving that a vehicle is defective is extraordinarily complex and costly.  If you have been injured or lost a loved one and you suspect that the vehicle was defective you should take immediate action.  First and foremost, do not give up the vehicle to the insurance company or otherwise dispose of it.  The vehicle is the most important piece of evidence in your case.  If the vehicle is sold or altered, it is unlikely that you will be able to pursue your case.  Secondly contact an attorney experienced in these complex cases.  Your lawyer should ensure the vehicle is properly secured, notify the manufacturer and arrange for a highly qualified expert to inspect the vehicle.  In many cases, the vehicle "black box" will shed critical light on the cause of the collision and whether the airbags functioned properly. 

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