Everyone knows that automobiles are made up of numerous parts. Auto manufacturers make some, but others come from third party vendors. When you purchased your vehicle, you surely expected that every part worked properly and that it was safe. You might have found out the hard way that some parts can be defective, a problem which leads to numerous motor vehicle accidents each year.
In recent years, the news has been full of articles regarding recalls of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of vehicles for a variety of defective auto parts. Most Florida residents are aware of the Takata airbag recall. However, other vehicle parts — such as faulty ignition switches, brakes and seat belts — have also led to recalls and/or serious injuries and deaths — not just here in Florida, but across the country as well.
The injuries caused by defective auto parts vary widely. Some people even lose their lives. You may have suffered broken bones, head trauma or a spinal cord injury. Serious injuries often require a significant recovery period, if you are even able to fully recover at all. In either case, you more than likely face significant medical bills, lost wages and other damages allowed under Florida law as a result of an accident involving an auto defect with your vehicle or another vehicle that shared the road with you when the crash occurred.
Many motor vehicle accidents are the fault of another driver, but not always. Even if another driver’s defective auto caused your accident, you may seek restitution by filing a personal injury claim, or a wrongful death claim when a loved one was killed. Auto manufacturers are required to meet certain safety and production standards. When they and/or their vendors fail to do so, they may be held accountable in civil court.