Who is Liable in a Car Accident Caused By a Defect?
A defect in a vehicle can be caused by the manufacture or design of the vehicle part. When an accident is caused by a defect, one of the first questions asked by many is who is liable for the injuries caused by the crash. The answer is that ultimately many different entities may hold responsibility for the defective part, which is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney representing your interests in the case. At Mitch Grissim & Associates in Nashville, our team of legal professionals is prepared to zealously advocate for you after an accident caused by a defect and discover who is liable for your injuries. Call or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your case.
If the defect that caused an accident was due to an issue in the manufacturing or design of the car part, the vehicle manufacturer may be held liable for the damages caused by the accident. This is known as products liability and the company can be held strictly liable if the victim can prove that the defect was caused by the manufacturer of the vehicle.
If the vehicle manufacturer can prove that the defect did not occur in the design or manufacture of a car part, the transportation company that moved the finished vehicle from the manufacturer to the dealership may be responsible for the accident. If transportation companies are not careful when moving cars, damage can be caused to important parts that may ultimately lead to an accident.
A car dealership may also be held liable for an accident caused by a defective part in a vehicle. Dealerships have a duty to inspect their vehicles for damage prior to selling the cars to consumers. If the dealership failed to inspect the vehicle for damage or if the dealership made mechanical changes to the car and does not disclose it to the seller the dealership may be held liable for injuries caused in a crash.
Auto Parts Store
Finally, if the defect was caused by a part sold at an autobody shop or auto parts store, the owner of the store may be held liable for damages if the part was not defective when it entered the store’s inventory. Poor or mismanaged storage of vehicle parts can cause defects that later lead to accidents when installed in a vehicle. If it can be shown that the part was in perfect condition prior to receipt from an auto parts store, that establishment may be liable for injuries.
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There are many entities that may be responsible for a car accident caused by a defect, which is why you should only trust the best and most experienced car accident attorneys with your case. Call the office or contact us today at Mitch Grissim & Associates to schedule a free consultation with one of our Nashville car accident lawyers.