When to Sue for a Defective Vehicle

defective vehicle defective vehicle can cause catastrophic damage to your life. Some families have even lost a loved one due to mechanical failure due to improper or negligent automotive manufacturing. Whenever someone is injured or dies as a result of faulty products, they or their families may sue for damages.

The real question lies in knowing when you can sue for a defective vehicle and how to go about it. The attorneys at Brown & Brown, LLP, can help.

Your Car Is a Lemon

“Lemon” refers to a defective vehicle that does not improve with repairs and is damaged due to faulty parts or manufacturing. In order to qualify as a lemon, a car must significantly impact the driver’s ability to operate the vehicle, and the issues must be present from the time of acquisition.

Furthermore, the vehicle must seriously impair the safety of a person driving and have issues likely to cause serious injury or death. In this case, drivers can sue the manufacturer for a full refund or replacement.

Lemon laws vary by state, so it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights.

The Vehicle Has Been Recalled

Recalls entitle you to compensation if the dealership or mechanic does not offer a timely remedy; when a car or parts are recalled by its manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), customers are entitled to a fast solution.

You can check if your vehicle has been recalled by entering the VIN on the NHTSA website.

If a dealer does not offer a resolution or refuses to cooperate after a recall, then you may consider litigation as a solution.

Get a Free Professional Opinion About Your Case

The legal team at Brown & Brown, LLP, helps clients in St. Louis, MO, and Illinois protect their rights as consumers. With a contingency fee structure, they do not get paid unless you do. Contact the offices today to schedule an appointment; you can reach the St. Louis location at 314-333-3333 / 573-333-3333, or call the Illinois branch at 618-888-8888.

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