Driving a car is dangerous enough. Unfortunately, manufacturers frequently sell their vehicles with defective auto parts. Every year, a major automobile manufacturer puts in a recall for their car, but many times this only happens after an injury or death.
If you believe a defective auto part caused your accident, continue reading to learn how to prove it. For a quick check on recalls for your vehicle, see nhtsa.gov and input your vehicle identification number.
Types of manufacturer defects
Recalls do not need to be in place for product liability claims. Anyone injured by a defective auto part may pursue damages. Usually, the manufacturer flaw falls under the category of a manufacturing defect, design defect or marketing defect. Marketing defects occur when the manufacturer fails to inform the consumer about the safe use of their product.
Proving the defect
Gathering evidence for a defective auto parts claim involves several steps. One of the essential parts of proving your case is eyewitness statements. Someone who is not related or acquainted with you will sway the jury and judge more.
Taking photos of the part in question is also essential. Besides the defective or broken part, take pictures of the accident scene. If you have dash cam footage, this might also help your case.
Finally, gather financial statements that indicate lost wages and medical payments. Usually, the compensation you receive depends on the medical costs you pay because of the defective part.
Proving a defective auto part depends on several factors. Make sure you gather sufficient evidence before you attempt to file a suit.