With busy roads spanning the greater Oklahoma City area, car accidents are a frequent occurrence. Accidents can have many causes including reckless driving, negligence, intoxication, and manufacturer defects. Accidents can result in serious property damage, injury, and death. Because of the inherent risks, the federal government is adamant about making sure our vehicles and our roads are built and maintained as safely as possible. Cars made available to the public have to be tested and proven to be safe for driving American roads. When a law-abiding driver falls victim to an accident caused by a manufacturer defect, they may be eligible for compensation.
Designing, building, and distributing safe cars are the responsibilities of auto manufacturers. The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act assures that the automotive industry stays accountable to this. Originally passed in the late 1960’s, this act requires all vehicles to pass federal safety inspections. If a vehicle, or a defective vehicle part, is determined federally unsafe, it must be recalled. Millions of cars and parts are recalled each year.
Recalls can be initiated by automotive companies themselves, or by the government. When a recall occurs, the manufacturer must replace all safety defects at no cost to the consumer. In the cases where the manufacturer defect is not detected, they can cause performance issues and even accidents. If a person driving a defective vehicle is in an accident, and are in abidance with the law, they are eligible for compensation. In accidents where a reckless or inebriated person was driving a defective vehicle, the manufacturer may not be held responsible.
Navigating a product liability claim can be a difficult endeavor. It is always recommended that you approach these issues with the help of a qualified lawyer. Choosing a lawyer who is well versed in this type of law could make a drastic difference in the outcome of the case. The victim also needs to be sure that the liable products in question have been properly purchased and maintained. Neglected and salvaged auto parts can be a serious obstacle in the effort to hold the manufacturer responsible. If you, or someone you know, have questions about auto product liability claims, or traffic law in general, please contact the experienced lawyers at Car Accident Help. We can be reached at (877) 478-3737.