While drivers can make errors or act recklessly and cause others to suffer from serious injuries, in some cases vehicle equipment defects can result in severe traffic accidents. When this happens, the manufacturer of the defective equipment and/or any mechanic who may have worked on such equipment could be held liable for victims’ injuries, medical bills, property damage, lost wages and mental anguish. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by a defective vehicle, give the well-practiced attorneys of Brown & Brown, LLP a call today at 314-333-3333 for our St. Louis office, or 618-888-8888 for our Fairview Heights office.
What Are Some Common Causes For Vehicle Defect Injuries?
Some of the most common types of vehicle equipment malfunctions that cause car accident injuries include:
- Airbag failures
- Braking system failures
- Seatbelt defects
- Poorly designed floor mats (that can lodge under accelerator or brake pedals)
- Faulty vehicle wiring
- Tire defects (which can increase the likelihood of tire blowouts and/or detreading)
Injuries Caused by Defective Vehicle Equipment
Some of the most common types of injuries that can be caused by traffic accidents resulting from defective vehicle equipment include (but are not limited to):
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Cuts, bruising and burns
- Back, neck and/or spinal cord injuries
- Paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Traumatic brain injury
Who Can Be Held Responsible for My Defective Vehicle Injuries?
Liability in an accident is best determined through an investigation. Depending on the circumstances, liable parties in a defective vehicle claim include the manufacturer of the vehicle, mechanics or parts manufacturers, and anyone else whose negligence played a role in the accident.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Pursuing Compensation for My Vehicle Equipment Malfunction Injuries?
In the state of Illinois, you have two years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury claim. In Missouri, you have five years.
Even with a generous statute of limitations, such as in Missouri, it is always best to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident to discuss your options. The longer you wait, the more complicated your claim may become.
How Much Compensation Can I Pursue for My Defective Vehicle Injuries?
There is no damage cap on personal injury claims involving defective vehicles in Illinois or Missouri. We will do everything possible to secure maximum compensation for things including medical bills, lost wages, and personal pain and suffering. The best way to learn what your case may be worth is through a one-on-one consultation with a product liability attorney at Brown & Brown.
What to Do in the Aftermath of a Vehicle Equipment Malfunction?
As soon as possible following your accident, it is important that you seek a comprehensive medical examination, even if you were cleared by emergency personnel on the scene. Some injuries, such as brain and spinal cord injuries, may take several weeks to show symptoms.
If you have sustained a serious injury, it is a good idea to contact an attorney right away. Your claim may be worth more than insurance is willing to pay without legal action.
What Type of Evidence Can Be Used in a Defective Vehicle Injury Case?
Evidence that may be used in a defective vehicle injury case includes police reports, video footage, pictures of the scene, witness testimony, and mechanical evaluations made by experts in various fields. At Brown & Brown, we take time to investigate every auto accident to make sure we collect as much evidence as possible in support of each case.
How Soon After a Defective Vehicle Injury Should You Contact an Attorney?
It is important to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible following a defective vehicle accident. The sooner you get in touch with a lawyer, the quicker an investigation into the accident can begin, allowing for more thorough and accurate evidence to be gathered. What’s more, the sooner you take action, the sooner you may be able to recover damages for medical costs, lost wages, and more.
Schedule Your Defective Vehicle Injury Consultation With Brown & Brown, LLP!
The law firm of Brown & Brown, LLP has decades of experience representing plaintiffs in product liability cases. If you suffered injury due to a faulty or defective vehicle, please schedule a free consultation with our attorneys to start building your case.
Call our office in St. Louis, Missouri, by dialing the 3s: 314-333-3333 or 573-333-3333. If you live in Southern Illinois, call us at the 8s: 618-888-8888. You can also fill out the appointment request form on this page or our contact page to schedule your personalized appointment with one of our skilled attorneys.