There are over 6 million car accidents each year in the US. Approximately 13 % of all car accidents are the result of mechanical failure. Some of the mechanical failures that may lead to car accidents include:
- Tire manufacturing defects: Defective tires can lead to serious car accidents. Tread separation, cracking, bulging, leaks and belt failures are all signs of manufacturing defects.
- Faulty brakes: Brake failure usually results from antilock braking systems that fail to work. Other problems may include brake pads that heat up and fade and brake fluids with a too low boiling point.
- Defective steering: Steering defects may cause loss of control in a vehicle and consequently result in serious accidents. This may be due to improperly assembled steering wheels or a snapped steering relay rod.
Causes of Action in a Mechanical Failure Accident
In a mechanical failure accident case, the attorney will have to show liability by the following causes of action:
- Breach of warranty: This can be brought under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act or breach of implied or express warranties of fitness and merchantability.
- Negligence: A manufacturing company has a duty of care to the car owner in producing a safe product. They are expected to always meet this standard of care.
- Strict liability in tort: This demonstrates that the defective product was unreasonably dangerous, making the designer or manufacturer liable for any damages incurred as a result of the defective product.
Damages in a Mechanical Failure Case
In a mechanical failure case, you may submit a claim for the following damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future wage loss
- Property damage
- Psychological trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium in a claim by the victim’s spouse
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to mechanical failure, our experienced and knowledgeable car accident lawyers can help you. We have more than 30 years of experience representing car accident victims. Call us right away at 203-541-0090.