Accidents are just a part of life. From being young and scraping knees to being older and maybe even chipping a tooth on something you’ve eaten a hundred times before. Accidents happen. However, some accidents don’t need acceptance as the only way to deal with them; knowing your legal rights can help you balance the scales after an unforeseen, unfair injury. When it comes to injuries on the road, the blame can be pointed toward either drivers or motorists of other kinds, but what happens when injuries happen because of a defective vehicle? Whoever was responsible for the state of the vehicle that led to the accident, whether that be the manufacturer itself or a mechanic that worked on the vehicle, they could be the ones held fully responsible for all monetary consequences: Injuries, property damage, mental anguish, medical bills, and lost wages. If you’re wondering what to do about injuries sustained due to a defective vehicle, keep reading!
What Qualifies As A ‘Defective Vehicle’
With the many parts of a vehicle, there are many aspects of the vehicle that can fail or malfunction. The ones you’re most likely to see are:
- Airbag Failures
- Issues With The Brake System
- Seatbelts Working Improperly
- Floor Mats Getting Stuck Under The Pedals (A defect only if the design of the floor mats led to this)
- Improper Wiring
- Issues To The Tires That Led To Blowout Or Detreading
Naturally, with as many parts in a vehicle, as they are, the number of potential defects is incredibly high. If you’re concerned about whether your particular defect qualifies as one or not make sure to consult with an attorney.
How Long Do I Have To Pursue Compensation?
In the state of Illinois, you have from two years of the accident date to make a personal injury claim. In the state of Missouri, you have five years from that point. However, due to the process of filing a claim, it is best to speak to an attorney as soon as possible to make the entirety of your claim process easier and more effective.
What Happens After A Defective Vehicle Injury?
Seek medical attention immediately, including a comprehensive exam. Then make sure to consult knowledgeable and experienced lawyers. At Brown & Brown, we are incredibly familiar with the legal process of filing and obtaining personal injury claims. Allow us to make it easier for you. Call today at 618-888-8888!