Driving is a huge part of many Utahans’ lives, especially in rural areas. Millions of Utah residents rely on their cars to commute to work, transport their children to and from school, and visit with friends and family. However, driving can be extremely dangerous, even for experienced drivers. While most car-related injuries stem from crashes and collisions, there is also another hazard that poses a risk of injury: automotive defects, such as defective tires, brake systems, airbags, or ignition switches.
If you or one of your family members was injured while driving due to a defective car part, the manufacturer may be liable. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, and other expenses. With over 33 years of experience handling product liability claims, Utah auto defect injury attorney Jay Sheen can provide aggressive legal representation and assistance. To discuss your claim in a free consultation with Jay, call the law offices of Overson & Sheen at (801) 618-3580 today.
Was Your Auto Accident Injury Caused by a Defective Car, Truck, or Motorcycle Part?
Various recalls have been issued in recent years due to automotive defects, such as the Takata exploding airbag recall and GM faulty ignition switch recall. Affected brands include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Land Rover
- Volkswagen (VW)
Utah drivers may be affected by one or more of these recalls, depending on their vehicle’s make and model year. More generally, common examples of vehicular defects include:
- Airbags that don’t inflate fully
- Brake system defects
- Defective design that causes accidents, such as 15-passenger van rollover accidents
- Defective doors that allow passengers to be ejected from the vehicle
- Defective seatbelts that tear, come unbuckled, or cause strangulation
- Defective tires that explode, or fail with normal use
- Lack of side-impact protection
- Roof crush failures
Regardless of the nature of the defect, serious malfunctions often result in severe personal injury, or sadly, wrongful death. Some examples of serious and catastrophic injuries that can result from car accidents caused by defective parts and auto products include:
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Burn Injuries
- Facial Injuries
- Foot Injuries
- Hand Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Lacerations (Cuts)
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Sprains and Strains
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Vision Loss
All types of cars can be affected, as well as other types of vehicles. Automotive product liability claims in Utah may involve:
- 15-Passenger Vans
- ATVs, Off-Road Vehicles, and Quads
- Commercial Trucks (16-Wheelers, 18-Wheelers, Semi-Trailer Trucks)
- Dirt Bikes
- School Buses
- Small Trucks
Is the Product Manufacturer Liable for an Automotive Defect or Malfunction?
The automotive industry is tightly regulated in the interest of protecting consumer safety. However, as several recalls have made abundantly clear in recent years, product suppliers and manufacturers do not always take sufficient measures to minimize the risk that a hazardous defect will develop.
When an auto manufacturer, car part supplier, or other auto company acts with negligence, compensation may be available for any victims who are harmed as a result. Likewise, the surviving spouses and family members of wrongful death victims may be entitled to financial compensation.
Negligence is a key element of any personal injury claim or personal injury lawsuit in Salt Lake City, including claims and lawsuits involving defective vehicles or defective automotive products. Negligence is a failure to take the actions that are necessary to avoid or reduce the risk of foreseeable death or injury – put simply, carelessness that leads to preventable harm. Pieces of evidence that can help a plaintiff establish a defendant’s negligence include photographs, medical records, accident debris, maintenance records, and expert testimony.
Negligent acts can compromise a product at any stage, including storage, shipping, design, assembly, and manufacture. Some product liability claims involve not a defect in the product itself, but a failure to mark a potentially hazardous product with a clear and prominent warning label, which is known as “failure to warn.”
Salt Lake Car Defect Attorney Handling Product Liability Claims in Utah
People who are injured by defective car parts often feel that they are powerless against large corporations, which seek to unjustly shield themselves from accident liability. Often, these companies attempt to silence victims by offering low-ball settlements that are nowhere near adequate for the victim’s medical expenses and other losses.
You are not powerless, and you deserve to seek full compensation for the suffering and expense your defective product injury has caused.
With more than three decades of experience, Utah auto defect lawyer Jay Sheen has handled many injury lawsuits stemming from product failures, and is not afraid to aggressively challenge corporations who decide that their profits are more important than consumer safety. Jay will fight relentlessly to hold the manufacturer accountable and maximize the value of your product liability claim. To talk about your claim in a free legal consultation, call Overson & Sheen immediately at (801) 618-3580. Our firm is here to help you seek the justice you deserve.