New Jersey Car Defect Injury Lawyers Identify Common Vehicle Defects
Our New Jersey attorneys understand that determining the cause of your accident is the first step towards filing a successful personal injury claim. Over our decades of combined experience, here are some of the most common vehicle defects which can lead to injury.
- Seatbelts – according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 90 percent of Americans use a seat-belt. However, seat-belt failure can cause significant injury when a vehicle is involved in an accident
- Airbags – there are two primary ways for an airbag to fail, either they are not deployed when needed, or they are deployed when they should not. Both can create extremely dangerous situations for drivers and passengers
- Brakes – without brakes, our cars are not able to be properly controlled by drivers. Thankfully, dual brake systems usually prevent catastrophic failure
- Steering – power steering and other modern complications to steering systems make the driving experience better, but also provide additional opportunities for mechanical breakdown
- Door Latches – broken door latches may lead to passengers inadvertently opening doors of a moving vehicle, which may ultimately end in serious injury
New Jersey Product Liability Attorneys Define Strict Liability
Most successful personal injury claims require the claimant to prove that another party acted with negligence or recklessness, leading to the injurious accident. However, some product liability claims fall under strict liability regulations, meaning that a defendant it inherently liable for damages whether or not the claimant is able to prove negligence. Essentially, these laws were enacted in New Jersey in order to protect consumers from harmful products.
What does this mean for those injured by defective vehicles? It means that our New Jersey attorneys will be able to focus on the details of the mechanical breakdown in question without worrying about the reasons why they broke down to begin with. In other words, if an auto part breaks causing injury, that is legally sufficient to find the manufacturer liable for your accident and the resulting injuries.
New Jersey Car Accident Injury Lawyers Recover Compensation for Clients
As defective vehicle personal injury claims do not require proving negligence, our New Jersey lawyers will need to prove these three items to successfully resolve your claim:
- You were involved in an auto accident
- That auto accident was the direct result of a defective part or mechanical failure of your vehicle or another vehicle
- Your injuries were the direct result of the injury in question
A great first step in the immediate aftermath of an accident caused by a defective vehicle is to document the exact nature of your accident. Memories change over time, and insurance companies may use this against you. By taking pictures and/or videos (when possible), writing down what you experienced, and documenting the scene, you are providing evidence which can be used down the line.
Another critical step is seeking medical attention as soon as possible. Not only will you be receiving the medical treatment you need for your injuries, but the diagnosis provided by your doctor will be proof that your injuries were in fact sustained in your auto accident. The sooner you are able to receive a diagnosis, the stronger the connection between your accident and your injuries.
Contact our New Jersey Defective Vehicle Personal Injury Claims Attorneys Today
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, we believe that car manufacturers need to be held accountable when their products fail, causing injuries to consumers. Our experienced legal team has extensive experience seeking financial compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, punitive damages, and more for clients injured in auto accidents in New Jersey towns throughout New Jersey. Our firm is led by a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction held by only two percent of lawyers in our state.
Call our New Jersey offices by dialing (973) 777-8600 or contact us online today for a free and confidential consultation with a member of our legal team regarding your motor vehicle accident caused by a defective vehicle and how we can best serve your needs.