Massachusetts Auto Defects Attorneys
Purchasing a new vehicle or vehicle accessory is often exciting, and can mean safe transport for you and your loved ones. However, if there is a defect in the vehicle, you and your passengers could be at risk of being injured in a car accident. Unfortunately, many people are injured every year because of auto defects. The Massachusetts car defect attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, understand the stress that Boston, MA people can face when they are injured, which is why we are dedicated to helping victims receive the necessary compensation.
Common Types of Automobile Defects
Although mechanical innovations and regulatory measures continue to improve, numerous auto defects cause injury to people every year. Though all defects are potentially dangerous, the following are among the most common:
If you have experienced a tire blowout, you know how scary the unexpected loss of control can be. Tire blowouts can be particularly dangerous at high rates of speed on our state’s congested highways. While regular maintenance is important, in many cases, these incidents are found to be the result of dangerous tire defects.
Depending upon the particulars of the defective tire that caused your accident, our Boston tire blowout attorneys will likely pursue your claim in one of the following three ways:
- As a manufacturing defect—when the tire was not produced as intended
- As a design defect—when the design itself was somehow flawed
- As a marketing defect—when there is miscommunication about a tire’s usage or dangers
Our Massachusetts legal team will do everything we possibly can to help you pursue litigation against the company that is found to be responsible for the defective tire that caused your accident.
Though airbags may become defective for any number of reasons, many of these incidents may be directly attributed to one or more of the following factors:
- Overpowered airbags
- Airbags that are not properly tethered
- Sensors are inadequate or otherwise ineffective
- Safety technology has not been properly incorporated
- Ineffective computer algorithms used to deploy
Whatever the circumstances of your accident happen to be, our legal team possesses the experience and the resources to help you pursue compensation from the responsible party. If your airbag failed to properly deploy or otherwise injured you when it did, the Boston defective airbag attorneys with Crowe & Mulvey, LLP can help you begin assessing the legal recourse that may be available to you.
Without properly functioning brakes, there was likely nothing you could have done to prevent the accident you were involved in. Since brake malfunction is typically the result of some defect inherent to the braking system, there was probably nothing you could have done to prevent the malfunction to begin with.
Our Boston, Massachusetts legal team may fight on your behalf to recover compensation for the damages you sustained, including the following:
- The cost of any present or future medical care
- The cost of any present or future rehabilitative care
- Any loss of income or diminished capacity to earn
Whatever the exact circumstances of your accident happen to be, attorneys may help you develop a comprehensive legal strategy intended to recover compensation for all of your pain and suffering.
Seat Belt Defects
In the event of virtually any accident, then, the safety of vehicle occupants will depend upon the functionality of the vehicle’s seat belts. When they are at all defective, claims may be pursued against the party responsible for the defect itself, including incidents where:
- The locking apparatus failed to activate;
- The locking apparatus unlatched upon impact; or
- The seat belt failed to restrain upon impact
Whatever the particulars of the defect happen to be, our Massachusetts seat belt defect lawyers posses the experience and the resources to go after the party responsible for the defect itself.
Defective Child Car Seats
Parents place a great deal of trust in the safety of their child’s car safety seat. When manufacturers allow defective child car seats to make their way to market, there is little these companies can do to compensate parents for the pain and suffering their child could have been spared had the car seat not been defective.
Though our Boston, Massachusetts legal team possesses the experience and the financial resources to pursue a defective child car seat claim, the following represent those defects that are claimed most frequently:
- Faulty design or construction of the shell
- Faulty design or construction of the latch system
- Improper placement of restraints
- Lack of proper padding
- Inadequate head and neck support
Whatever the exact nature of the defect, Crowe & Mulvey, LLP may fight on your behalf to recover compensation for your family’s suffering and to prevent anything like this from happening to anyone else’s family.
Any of these defects could cause significant injuries to the driver and passengers in the event of an accident. In many cases with the help of an attorney, injured victims are successful in seeking damage compensation from the party responsible for the defects.
Auto Defect FAQs
What should I do if I was hurt in an accident that was caused by an auto defect?
The first thing you need to make sure you do after your accident is preserve the condition of your car. You first instinct after an accident will probably be to take the car to a repair shop and have it fixed, but this may completely destroy any evidence of a defect. You will most likely need an experienced mechanic or engineer to inspect your vehicle and determine if your car has a defective part, and if the defect did, in fact, cause your accident. Because auto defect cases can be complex, it is important to also find a skilled lawyer to represent you. Your lawyer will be able to evaluate your case and provide you with all your legal options.
What are the recoverable damages in an auto defect case?
If you were injured in an accident that was cause by an auto defect, you may be eligible for a number of recoverable damages. First, you may be able to receive compensation for any medical expenses related to your case, including hospital bills, physical therapy expenses, and ambulance transportation. Next, you may be in the position to receive compensation for lost wages if your accident forced you to take time off of work. Also, you may be able to recover damages for a loss of future earning capacity. Lastly, you may receive compensation for any pain, suffering, or emotional trauma.
Who is liable for a car defect?
Liability can be difficult to determine in an auto defect case. In the majority of defect cases, the car manufacturing company is liable. Some of the most common defects that can stem from a manufacturer’s negligence include defective brakes, tire blowouts, airbag defects, and faulty seatbelts. Many other parties, however, may be found liable for a car defect, including vehicle dealerships and supply stores. In fact, any party involved in the production and distribution of the defective auto part may be found liable. Because liability can be difficult to pinpoint, it is important to have an experienced auto defect attorney evaluate your case.
Contact an Auto Defects Lawyer in Massachusetts
Though injuries relating to auto defects are unfortunate, there is help available to those who face related medical and financial stress. If you or a loved one has suffered because of an auto defect, then you may be eligible to receive compensation. The Massachusetts attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, understand how financially trying injuries can be for victims, which is why we fight to make sure that victims fight for the compensation that they need. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to speak with a member of our legal team about your case.