If you were involved in an accident due to a mechanical failure in your vehicle, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the liable party. A Shreveport defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to fight for your right to compensation. We handle cases on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required.
To learn more about our services and to receive your free consultation, contact a representative of the Morris Bart law firm today at (318) 553-5470.
Common Errors and Defects in Motor Vehicles
With something as intricate as a motor vehicle, there are multiple ways for it to be defective. Some errors can be traced back to the original design of the vehicle, while other defects may originate in specific products installed in the vehicle’s mechanics.
Considering that many parts of the vehicle are interconnected, feeding off one another to make the entire machine run properly, even a small defect can cause a chain reaction and potentially lead to an accident. Many consumers have no way of knowing they are in danger until it is too late.
In one study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers looked at a sample group of 44,000 accidents caused by vehicle malfunctions between 2005 and 2007. The areas of malfunctions included:
- Issues related to the tires or wheels: responsible for 35% of accidents
- Issues related to brakes: causing 22% of the accidents
- Issues related to steering, suspensions, engines, and transmissions: resulting in 3% of the accidents
- Various other vehicle-related malfunctions: causing 40% of the accidents
The Morris Bart law firm believes that negligent manufacturers and designers should be held responsible for their actions when they endanger the lives of innocent victims. If another person or company is found liable for your accident, they may be required to compensate you for the hardships they caused.
For a free legal consultation with a Defective Design or Manufacture of Vehicles or Vehicle Components Accident lawyer serving Shreveport, call 800-537-8185
Recoverable Damages in Defective Vehicle Cases
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may be eligible to receive compensatory damages for your losses.
Recoverable damages can include, but are not be limited to:
- Lost wages: covering your inability to work immediately following the accident and your diminished earning capacity in the future
- Mental anguish: including the onset of mental health conditions, a newfound loss of passions, and psychological trauma from disfigurements
- Medical expenses: allowing you to recover financial losses you sustained while treating your injuries, including the cost of medical devices, surgeries, and hospitalizations
- Long-term disabilities: addressing the physical, mental, and financial impacts of the condition
- Property damage: encompassing vehicles, electronics, and any other valuables damaged from the accident
As your case proceeds, you may need to provide evidence that assigns a value to your losses. If you have suffered a great deal of mental anguish, it may be difficult for you to accurately measure your hardships.
At the Morris Bart law firm, our attorneys can call upon industry experts to examine your non-tangible suffering, allowing us to assign a value to your case that reflects your losses. If you decide to retain a Shreveport defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer from our firm, we can fight to reveal the facts behind your accident so you can recover compensation for your losses.
To receive a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call the Morris Bart law firm today at (318) 553-5470.
Acts of Negligence that Can Cause Defective Vehicle Accidents
Proving liability in your case involves pinpointing the cause of your accident. In defective vehicle cases, negligence can occur at many levels in the supply chain. However, employers may be found liable for the actions of their employees if they did not do enough to prevent the mistake from occurring.
These acts of negligence may include:
- Failure to properly warn the customer of potential dangers
- Failing to perform regular maintenance on the vehicle to ensure its safety
- Providing vague, or faulty, instructions for product installation
- Mistakes made while building the vehicle
- Mistakes made when designing the vehicle
- Failure to perform adequate testing on the product
Defective Vehicle Lawyers Fighting for Victims in Shreveport
If a defective vehicle puts you in harm’s way, the Morris Bart law firm can be there to fight for your right to compensation. When you retain a Shreveport defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer from our firm, you will be getting a team of attorneys ready to serve your legal needs. Above all else, we want you to rest easy knowing our firm is here to support you.
However, while considering your legal options, you should know that Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492 dictates a one-year statute of limitations on personal injury and wrongful death claims in Louisiana, which starts on the day of your accident. If you do not file a claim in time, you may be unable to recover damages via a lawsuit.
To get started with your free consultation today, contact a representative at the Morris Bart law firm at (318) 553-5470. With 15 locations across four states, our firm is here to fight for victims in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama.
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