Fort Collins Defective Auto Part Attorneys
While there are a lot of reckless and distracted drivers on the road, there are also plenty of people who drive responsibly. You can follow all traffic laws, go the speed limit, use your signal, and respect others on the roads around Fort Collins, and still have your brakes fail or your tire explode. We all rely on the manufacturers of our vehicles and parts. When defective auto parts are allowed on the market, innocent people will suffer. When a manufacturer places profits above the public’s safety, then they need to pay when people are injured.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident due to a defective auto part, call the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, at (970) 212-4777. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced product liability lawyer in Fort Collins, and learn your options.
There is always a chance that a part of a vehicle can suddenly stop functioning, and few of us are mechanically inclined enough to notice it. Some parts will not cause a disaster if they are defective – such as the radio or floor mats – but other parts are vital to the driver and passengers’ safety. For example:
- Brakes – Few parts of a vehicle are more important than its brakes. This includes the brake pads and all other components involved in making sure a car can stop safely. When brakes fail, a driver loses control and must swerve or strike an object in order to stop.
- Airbags – Airbags are a last defense for safety, and they need to be reliable. Airbags that deploy too fast can cause serious injuries, and ones that activate without an impact can cause a dangerous collision.
- Tires – When defective tires are placed on a vehicle, a blowout can occur at any time, sending the vehicle out of control or resulting in a rollover.
- Seatbelts – Proper seatbelt design saves countless lives every year. Defective seatbelts, however, can fail to restrain someone in a collision, or cause serious internal injuries during a crash.
- Flammable Components – High heat and flammable chemicals are often found inside vehicle engines. Other parts of a vehicle should be flame-retardant to help prevent explosions, fires, and serious burns to passengers.
If an auto manufacturer finds a defect, they should issue a recall so drivers can have the defective parts replaced by ones that function properly. Sometimes a manufacturer will choose to do this, other times they will issue a recall after pressure from the federal government.
Whether a manufacturer knew about a defect or didn’t test the product enough, you will have to prove that the product was “unreasonably dangerous” in order to be awarded compensation for your injuries. Holding a big corporation responsible, however, involves filing a civil claim, which can require hundreds or thousands of hours to research, argue, and prove.
After a serious accident caused by a defective auto part, you don’t have to handle a lawsuit by yourself. Before dealing with an insurance company or filing a claim with the manufacturer, make sure you have an experienced Fort Collins car accident attorney to represent you. Call the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, at (970) 212-4777 to set up a consultation now.
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