Defective automobiles can cause serious—and even deadly—accidents. Take, for example, the Ford Explorer and Firestone tires. In May 2000 news broke that tires on Ford Explorers malfunctioned at a particularly high rate, often causing the vehicle to roll over as a result. An estimated 250 deaths and 3,000 injuries are attributed to this defect.
If you've been involved in an automobile accident where a defective product may be to blame, talk to an auto accident lawyer immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, as well as repair or replacement of your motor vehicle, from the automobile manufacturer.
When an automobile accident occurs, the police officers at the scene will write up a detailed accident report. Included in the report will be the observable facts at the scene, as well as information provided by each driver involved in the accident as well as any witnesses. This independent report from a credible third-party is often used to establish liability, or responsibility, after an accident.
Sometimes the police report doesn’t tell the entire story.
Suppose, for example, you're driving and your brakes fail. Before you can safely stop the car, you rear end another automobile. The police officer who writes the accident report can include your statement that the brakes failed, but he or she has no way of confirming that at the scene of the accident.
Often a driver who rear ends another car is liable because he or she wasn't maintaining a safe driving distance behind the other car. How do you prove that you weren't guilty of tailgating and that your brakes actually failed? In instances like this, your automobile accident attorney may hire experts to examine your car and determine whether a product defect—failed brakes—contributed to your accident.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a defective or recalled automobile, you and your attorney will have to prove a few things for your personal injury lawsuit to be successful:
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