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Who Can Be Held Liable for an Automotive Defect?

Product liability claims involving motor vehicles generally arise due to defectively manufactured vehicles or vehicle parts, or dangerously designed vehicles. Some defects that have lead to lawsuits include SUV rollovers and tires that are prone to blowouts. If you believe that your accident was caused by a defectively designed or manufactured motor vehicle, you may be eligible for damages.

Defective Manufacturing

If an accident was the result of a faulty vehicle or vehicle part, you may have a claim based on defective manufacturing. Such a defect may be the result of an error made while the part was being built, or a problem that happened during shipping, at a dealership or at a supplier.

Dangerous Design

If an accident was caused due to the inherently dangerous design of a motor vehicle, then a claim can be made based on a defective design. Lawsuits involving dangerous design can often involve parts or vehicles that have been on the market for a while before a defect is discovered.

Common Automotive Defect Defendants

When determining liability for an automotive defect, you will want to look into all participants in that vehicles chain of distribution. Possible defendants can include:

  • The manufacturer: Manufacturing companies may be liable for a product defect. These are typically larger companies, so they will have to resources to work with attorneys to refute your claim. It is important you obtain legal counsel as well.
  • Any parts manufacturers: If you believe your accident was caused by a defective part, such as the tires or the battery, you will need to include the manufacturer of that part if it is a separate company from the manufacturer of the vehicle.
  • A car dealership or an automotive supply shop: Whoever sold the vehicle or the specific defective part may be liable for damages if that vehicle or part is responsible for your accident.
  • Shippers:  Shipper or any other middlemen involved in the chain of distribution between the manufacturer of the defective vehicle or part and the dealership or other retailer where it was sold may be liable for damages.

San Antonio Automotive Defect Attorney

Many victims injured in automobile accidents never learn that their accident may have been caused by a defective motor vehicle or defective vehicle part. If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may have an automotive defect case. Please contact the San Antonio Automotive Defect Attorney at Hill Law Firm for a free consultation today – (210) 960-3939.

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