What Should You Do After A Car Accident?

5 Automotive Defects That May Cause You Harm

When a person buys a new car or truck, they should be able to hold the basic expectation that the vehicle will run safely. However, many vehicles are sold with defects that seriously endanger a motorist and their passengers. Some of these defects may not become apparent until it is too late to prevent an accident, and this is a wholly unacceptable outcome.

If you have sustained a serious injury because of an automotive manufacturer’s negligence, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation through a civil lawsuit. To learn more about your legal options, contact Jacksonville injury lawyer Donald Guthrie, P.A., by calling 904-296-1088.

Defects that May Arise

Modern automobiles are impressive and complex machines that depend upon a large number of different systems and parts to operate safely. When there is a flaw in the design or construction of any one of these, the consequences can be devastating. The following are representative of defects that may arise.

#1: Electronic Failures

When a vehicle’s electronic systems fail, the consequences can be extremely serious. These electronic systems control computers throughout the vehicle, which help with virtually every system of driver control or safety. In many cases, a vehicle with a complete electronic failure will simply stop operating altogether.

#2: Safety Device Malfunctions

A malfunction with an airbag or seat belt can have catastrophic consequences in the event of an accident. Without these protections and restraints, a person may be thrown around their vehicle and sustain severe trauma.

#3: Steering Errors

Though a driver only interacts with the seemingly simple steering wheel, the mechanism by which steering is controlled is actually quite complicated. If hydraulic or mechanical parts malfunction, a driver may be unable to direct his or her vehicle.

#4: Brake Failures

If the brakes do not work or do not work quickly enough, the result can be a loss of control that may end in serious injuries. These accidents are often worsened by the high speeds of the person traveling in the vehicle.

#5: Stability System Malfunctions

If an electronic stability control fails, a person may lose control over their vehicle in a turn or on a slick road. In the event that this results in a rollover accident, the occupants of a vehicle are likely to sustain significant injuries.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love has been injured because of an automotive manufacturer’s negligence, there may be legal options available. For more information regarding your options, contact Jacksonville personal injury attorney Donald Guthrie, P.A., at 904-296-1088 today.


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