Chicago Car Defect Attorney
Ever since the multiple lawsuits filed on behalf of the victims of exploding Pintos, personal injury attorneys have kept automakers honest about the defects of their cars.
If you don’t remember the Ford Pinto, your parents probably do. It had a most unfortunate defect. With the gas tank positioned toward the back of the car, even a moderate-speed impact from the rear could cause the tank to rupture, catch fire, and quickly engulf the car in flames.
Ever since the multiple lawsuits filed on behalf of the victims of exploding Pintos, personal injury attorneys have kept automakers honest about the defects of their cars. Every year hundreds of thousands of cars are recalled after victims file claim for their injuries due to a defective car.
What you can do if your car is defective or recalled
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a malfunction or defect in your car, you need legal help. By contacting the Willens Law Offices, you can be assured the details of your case will be handled with a professionalism that will protect your rights and win you the compensation you need and deserve. If your suit is part of a class action we could help you with that as well.
A defective vehicle puts you and your family at risk of serious injury or death.
When you purchase a car, safety is one of your most important considerations. A defective vehicle puts you and your family at risk of injury or death. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one due to a defective vehicle, your family should not have to bear the burden of that accident alone. The manufacturer of a defective vehicle should pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other costs due to your car accident.
This page contains some background information on car defects so you can understand the basic issues, but the best way to learn more about your case is to talk to a lawyer in person about your car accident and the potential defect that caused it. For a FREE initial consultation at either of our Chicago-area locations, please call (312) 957-4166 today.
Three Types of Car Defects
The production of a complex machine like an automobile has many steps and many points at which mistakes can be made. Most commonly, cars are defective because of:
- Defective design
- Defective manufacture
- Defective instructions
These can relate to either the vehicle itself or vehicle equipment, such as tires. Sometimes, it is because the two do not work well together. One of the largest defective car cases in history involved Ford SUVs and Firestone tires, in which tire tread separation led to deadly SUV rollovers. Both companies blamed one another, and it was ultimately found that all three types of car defects were involved in causing the deadly accidents.
How Car Defects Cause Personal Injury
Car defects can cause personal injury in two main ways. They can increase your risk of being in a car accident, or they can increase your risk of injury in an accident.
Defects that result in car accidents include:
- Defective tires
- Defective steering
- Defective brakes
- Spontaneous acceleration
These defects make it difficult or impossible for you to keep control of the vehicle in critical situations.
Defects that increase your risk of injury include:
- Defective crumple zones
- Defective restraints
- Airbags that do not deploy or deploy at the wrong time
- Defective seat design that increase risk of spinal cord injury
- Defective gas tanks that increase risk of fire and explosion
These types of defective safety equipment can turn what should be a minor accident into a life-shattering one, resulting in serious personal injury or wrongful death.
Compensation for Car Defect Injuries
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a defective vehicle, you may be able to receive significant compensation, including:
- Past and future medical costs
- Lost Wages
- Diminished earning ability
- Pain and Suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of companionship or support
The amount of compensation appropriate in your case depends on the exact circumstances in your case. We can talk about it during your consultation.
Defect in manufacturing
Attorneys for automakers will attempt to show that your lack of proper maintenance of your vehicle was the reason for the part failure. However, the law is on your side. We know how to investigate an accident to show the defect was in the manufacture and design, proving the automaker liable. When we do our job, the manufacturer may offer a fair settlement without a high-profile and embarrassing trial. Additionally, if we can show that the dealer that sold you the car knew of the defect and didn’t disclose it to you, they could also be held liable.
Your rightful compensation
At Willens Law Offices, we don’t jump at any high figure for your injuries and losses. We take the time to calculate your exact medical costs today and into the future, the cost of any rehabilitation, lost income, and property loss. We don’t guess. We know what you will need today and into the future. We also pursue compensation for your pain and suffering with the goal to recover the maximum amount. Additionally, if you were deceived into purchasing your car even though the defect was known, punitive damages may also be awarded.
If you suspect your car accident was the result of malfunction or a defect in your car, call Willens Law Offices today. We know how to help.