Most car accidents occur as a result of driver error, but this is not always true in every collision. Occasionally, a parts failure or another catastrophic event can cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle and crash. If you believe this happened in your car accident case, a Gulfport defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help.
We know how to navigate these complex cases, identify the liable parties, and seek compensation on behalf of our clients. Call us at (228) 357-9621 for a free case review. If we believe you have a strong claim, we will offer to handle it on contingency. This means you will not pay us until (and unless) we recover a settlement or court award in your case.
Dangerous or Defective Parts Can Cause Major Problems With a Vehicle
Manufacturers design all the parts of your vehicle to work together—not only to get you from one place to another, but to do so safely. When one part does not work correctly or fails, it can cause a serious issue. For example, you can lose the ability to brake or steer and thus lose control of your car.
Some defects in design or manufacturing that may affect safety and drivability, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), include:
- Steering components breaking with no warning, making it impossible to steer.
- Fuel system components leaking fuel and possibly starting fires.
- The accelerator getting stuck, making it difficult to stop.
- Cracked or broken wheels.
- Easily broken engine cooling fan blades.
- Defective windshield wipers and wiper assemblies that make it impossible to see in the rain.
- Defective seats or seat designs that allow the seat to fail, often in an accident.
- Electrical problems with the headlights, taillights, or turn signals.
- Wiring concerns that trigger failures.
- Improper or dangerous airbag deployments.
- Other defects in critical vehicle parts.
One of the most common ways we witness defective design or manufacture of vehicle components in our firm occurs in tires. Due to the significant role tires play in controlling and driving your vehicle, a tire failure can be extremely dangerous. This is especially true during a tread separation or another sudden, catastrophic failure.
While modern tires generally do not “blow out” as tires did in the past, there are cases where the entire tire came apart and caused damage not only to the vehicle that lost the tire, but to other vehicles that the tire strikes as well.
According to the Mississippi Civil Code, it is possible for victims of car accidents caused by dangerous or defective parts to hold the designer or manufacturer responsible in civil court.
For a free legal consultation with a Defective Design or Manufacture of Vehicles or Vehicle Components Accident lawyer serving Gulfport, call 800-537-8185
Navigating the Claims Process and Pursuing Compensation
If you choose to work with a Gulfport defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm on your car accident case, you can feel confident that our team understands how to navigate the claims process and get the evidence they need to secure a payout. Our team will investigate your case, gather evidence, and work to prove that:
- Failure of a part or component caused your accident.
- The design or manufacture of the part was defective.
- The manufacturer is liable for the defective part.
Once we feel confident that we have all of the necessary components of a strong claim or lawsuit, we can approach the insurance company or legal team representing the liable party. We will present our evidence and information about your injuries and losses, and demand a just payout based on this documentation.
We work to recover fair compensation for our clients through this negotiation process. If negotiations do not result in a fair settlement in your case, we can still file a personal injury lawsuit to seek a payout, assuming there is time remaining to do so. Per Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49, we only have three years from the day your accident occurred to file a lawsuit in Gulfport.
To learn more, reach out to the Morris Bart law office at (228) 357-9621 today. A member of our Gulfport team will review your case for free as soon as possible.
Damages Available in a Gulfport Car Accident Case
No matter what caused your Gulfport car accident, the types of damages you may be able to recover are generally the same. The compensable damages available to you can cover a wide range of physical, financial, and psychological damages. While you may have unique damages based on the specific facts of your case, most people can seek and possibly obtain damages to cover:
- Medical care, including current and future treatment.
- Lost pay.
- Reduced earning capacity in the future.
- Property damages, replacement of your vehicle, and other losses.
- Pain and suffering.
- Other non-economic damages.
Wrongful death damages may be available to surviving family members of those who passed away in a Gulfport defective car parts case. There are additional rules that apply to these cases, but we understand them and can take this type of legal action if you qualify.
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A Gulfport defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to assist you. Our team can seek compensation for you and your family by helping you to hold the manufacturer of the defective part legally accountable for your injuries and losses. To learn more about your legal options after a Gulfport accident, call (228) 357-9621. Our complimentary consultations can help you better understand your case.
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