When defective auto parts cause car accidents, it is essential to have full and thorough investigations. Consumers and roadway users are counting on their vehicles and the vehicles around them to perform to safe and predictable standards. While we might all be familiar with certain types of defective or faulty auto parts, few of us give any thought to what happens when accessories fail. Accessory failure can be just as dangerous as a defective airbag or ignition switch. If you think an accessory failure was a factor in your injury crash, you need to contact a personal injury attorney who has product liability experience as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case.
Car Accidents and Defective Accessories
Any type of auto part that is defective is liable to cause an accident. Items like cruise control, power windows, heated seats and sunroofs can all cause havoc if they are not working properly. An accessory failure involving power windows can quickly turn deadly if occupants are trapped in wreckage. If heated seats fail, there is a potential for burns to occupants and fire damage to the vehicle. No matter what type of accessory failure is involved in your injury-causing crash, get with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Power windows failure is something nobody should be faced with in the event of an emergency. In certain types of car accidents, it is critical for passenger occupants to get out of the wreckage as swiftly as possible. If power windows fail, occupants can become trapped. It’s not always easy or even possible to break a window in order to escape. This type of accessory failure can have deadly consequences.
Aftermarket accessories are also a concern. If aftermarket accessories were not installed properly, they can fail and create a dangerous hazard for vehicle occupants. Equally important is the quality of the aftermarket accessories. Were the accessories appropriately matched with the make and model of the vehicle? Did the mechanic install the aftermarket accessory properly? Aftermarket accessories can add an additional level of concern when it comes to accessory failure in car accidents.
Accessory Failure in a Car Accident
Whether an accessory failure caused your car accident or occurred after the accident and caused painful injuries, it’s important to speak with a lawyer about your claim. It can take weeks, months or longer of investigative efforts to find the underlying cause of what went wrong. While an accessory failure might not sound like a big deal in the scheme of car accidents causes and factors, it can certainly have a very damaging and huge impact on occupants inside. Because things can happen fast during a car accident, accessory failure isn’t always immediately apparent, so a lawyer can stay on top of any investigative developments that arise.
Depending upon the severity of your injuries and accident, you could be facing a few thousand dollars in medical bills or much more. Whether you’re suffering from burn injuries or recovering from painful neck and spinal cord injuries, you need a lawyer who is on your side. You could be out of work and in the hospital for an extended period of time. It can be difficult for families to make ends meet when one or more loved one is in the hospital. During this time, the medical bills will be piling up, and you will also be coping with property damage or loss associated with the accident, which can make transportation to the hospital or to work or school for loved ones very difficult.
After any type of car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your crash. Whether you were injured in a crash involving an accessory failure or another type of cause, it’s always important to have somebody on your side. You need to focus on feeling better and getting back to your normal everyday life. A personal injury attorney can be your advocate and make sure your rights are protected as you get back to what matters. Nobody should have to suffer from painful and preventable injuries because an accessory failed at a critical moment before, during or after an accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by an accessory failure in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven product liability team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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