New York Car Accidents Caused by Faulty Auto Parts
Consumers are protected by law against defective auto parts, as well as vehicles that do not meet crash test safety standards. Although driver error contributes to many New York City car accidents, faulty auto parts and the vehicle's crashworthiness are also two factors to consider when determining fault in an auto accident. Manufacturers, distributors and suppliers have a duty to thoroughly inspect and test their vehicles or parts before releasing them into the market so as to prevent harm to consumers.
At the New York law firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy, our attorneys believe that when a company introduces unsafe products to the public, it may be responsible for any resulting injuries. If you have been injured in a car crash caused by a defective auto part, fill out our FREE case review form to speak with a New York car accident lawyer. You may also call 212-736-5300.
Defective Auto Parts & NYC Car Accidents
When a defective auto part leads to a car accident injury in New York, the victim can sue the manufacturer or other responsible party to recover compensation related to their injuries. For instance, if defective brakes fail as a vehicle nears a stop sign, the manufacturer may be held liable for any resulting car accident injuries. Likewise, if a faulty tire causes a rollover accident, the tire manufacturer may be held liable for any injuries sustained by the driver or passengers.
Additionally, manufacturers must ensure that when an auto accident occurs, the occupants are kept reasonably safe from a "second impact." (This term refers to the collision between the occupants and the inside of the vehicle which occurs after the initial impact with the other car.) For example, in many car accidents, the driver or passengers are ejected from the vehicle. If the ejection is linked back to insufficient roof strength or a defective seatbelt, the injured parties can seek compensation from the manufacturer of the faulty product. Similarly, when an air bag fails to deploy or deploys at the wrong time, the manufacturer can be held financially liable for injuries sustained during the second impact.
Examples of Common Car Defects
Other auto accident injuries can result from the following car defects:
- Poor seat design
- Failure of a seatback
- Faulty brakes
- Tire defects
- Lack of vehicle stability
- Inadequate windshield strength
Crashworthiness refers to the ability of a car to protect its occupants during a crash. As technology advances and new crash safety standards are issued, car manufacturers must continue to improve the crashworthiness of their cars. When a vehicle does not comply with federal regulations regarding crashworthiness, and an individual is injured as a result, the manufacturer may be held liable due to their failure to uphold a reasonable standard of care.
Contact Our NYC Law Firm After an Accident Caused by an Auto Defect
If you or a loved one was injured due to a defective car part, our New York auto accident attorneys may be able to pursue compensation on your behalf. To find out if you have a case, contact us today for a FREE, no-obligation case review. Serving Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and all of New York City and New York State.
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