Reno Auto Product Liability Lawyer
Defective Auto Parts and Car Accidents
Car accidents are not always caused by driver error or negligence. These collisions may result from defective motor vehicle parts, such as faulty brakes or poorly manufactured tires, which affect a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle. At Shook & Stone, our Reno car accident attorneys represent clients who have suffered injuries in motor vehicle collisions caused by defective auto parts. This portion of our practice is referred to as auto product liability, as it involves the liability (legal responsibility) of companies that design, manufacture and distribute auto products.
There are two key areas in which auto product liability cases may fall:
A manufacturing defect is a fault in a product that occurs during the manufacturing process. The product may have been designed properly, but for some reason it was not built correctly. Manufacturing defects may affect all of a certain type of product or a single lot of products that was manufactured incorrectly. These defects may also occur while a product is in transit from the manufacturer to a dealership or other supplier.
A design defect refers to a fault in the design of a product. A potential example is a vehicle that has a too-high center of gravity and narrow wheel base, making it prone to roll over even in normal circumstances. Another example may be a vehicle that is designed with a weak roof, resulting in crush injuries if the vehicle is involved in a rollover accident. Though the vehicle or auto part may have been manufactured properly, the design itself is faulty.
Some cases may also involve marketing defects, where a product is improperly labeled or marketed. Inaccurate instructions, incomplete warning labels and misleading advertisements are examples of marketing defects that may apply to automobiles or auto parts.
Liability for Defective Auto Part Cases
A lawsuit involving a defective auto part may be covered by the principle of strict liability, which enables manufacturers of defective products to be held accountable regardless of fault. This means that the plaintiff (injured party or representative thereof) would not need to prove specific negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the manufacturer, only that the product was defective and caused injury. The plaintiff would also have to prove that the product was being used as directed at the time of the accident.
The liable party in a lawsuit of this kind may be the manufacturer of the vehicle or vehicle part, or one of a number of other parties: car dealership, auto supply shop, shipping company, used car dealer or mechanic. In addition to a product liability lawsuit against one of these parties, a plaintiff may have grounds for a case against another driver, if that driver caused the accident in the first place.
Car Accident Attorney Serving Reno & Carson City, NV
An auto product liability case may involve virtually any type of motor vehicle, such as a car, light truck, heavy truck, bus, van, SUV, motorcycle or ATV. At our firm, we handle these cases in Reno and Carson City, Nevada, as well as in the surrounding areas. If you were involved in a car accident and believe that the accident was caused or worsened by a defective auto part, we can conduct a thorough investigation into the incident to determine what occurred.
We can handle auto product liability cases involving accidents caused by defective auto parts, such as faulty brakes or tire blowouts, as well as cases involving vehicle crashworthiness or other safety issues like airbag deployment or safety belt malfunction. Contact a Reno auto product liability lawyer today to discuss your particular case.