Defective or dangerous products are the cause of thousands of injuries every year in the United States. Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. Responsibility for a product defect that causes injury lies with all sellers of the product who are in the distribution chain. If you have been injured or suffered other kinds of damages because of a defective car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, ATV, or other motor vehicle or vehicle part, you may have a product liability claim.
Some examples of motor vehicle defects that have been the subject of lawsuits in recent years include:
- SUVs that are prone to rolling over
- Cars sold with tires that are prone to blowouts
- Motorcycles that “wobble” when driven at high speeds, and
- All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) that are prone to rolling over.
Types of New Port Product Liability Claims Involving Motor Vehicles
Product liability claims involving motor vehicles typically come in two varieties:
Defectively Manufactured Vehicles or Vehicle Parts. This type of claim involves vehicles or vehicle parts that have been improperly manufactured in some way. This may be the result of an error at the manufacturing facility where the vehicle or part was made, or a problem that occurs during shipping or at the dealership or supply.
Vehicles With an Unreasonably Dangerous Design. This category of claims involves vehicles or parts that, although properly manufactured, have an unreasonably dangerous design that results in injury or other damages. Sometimes these cases involve vehicles or parts that have been on the market for some time before it is discovered that they are dangerous.
Identifying the Potential Defendants
It is important to identify all potential defendants in the chain of distribution of the motor vehicle or vehicle part. In cases involving motor vehicles, the chain of distribution usually includes the following types of defendants:
- Manufacturer: In products liability cases involving motor vehicles, the manufacturer is typically a large company. This means it may have more money to compensate you for your injuries. But it also usually means that it will be able to hire a team of high-priced lawyers to defend the case.
- Parts manufacturer: If your case involves a defective part, such as the tires or the battery, be sure to include the manufacturer of that part if it is a separate company from the vehicle manufacturer.
- Car dealership or automotive supply shop: Whoever sold the vehicle or the specific defective part may be liable to you for your damages even if you were not the actual buyer.
- Middleman or shipper: Any company, including the shipper or other middleman, that was part of the chain of distribution between the manufacturer of the defective vehicle or part and the dealership or other retailer where it was sold may be liable for your damages
Class Action Lawsuits in New Port Richey
If the vehicle at issue involved a mass-produced defect or a dangerous design, you may be able to band together with other injured people and file a class action lawsuit.
In some cases, a class action may already have been filed in connection with the particular vehicle defect involved in your case and you may have the option of joining that already-existing lawsuit. Joining an existing class action has several advantages:
- the lawyers for the class, who may have considerable experience and expertise in bringing big cases against big companies, will become your lawyers as well
- there will likely be little or no upfront cost to you, and
- you will not have to sort out potentially complex legal issues, such as where to file your claim.
You also have the option of not joining an existing class action and bringing your own lawsuit instead. This may be appropriate if the nature of your injuries or damages are substantially different from those of other members of the class action, or if there are special circumstances in your case.
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Contact a New Port Richey Product Liability Lawyer
At the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, our experienced product liability attorneys will fight to obtain all of the compensation that you are entitled to receive. If you were injured by a defective vehicle or vehicle part, it is important to speak to a New Port Richey product liability attorney as soon as possible. Please call our office at 727-853-6275 today.
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New Port Richey, FL 34652