Chicago Car Defect Lawyers – Defective Vehicle Attorney
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.
Chicago Car Defect Lawyers
When looking for compensation for a car defect accident, you need the assistance of a law firm with considerable experience in both car accidents and product liability cases. You also want one who is dedicated to your case and your rights. In Chicago, Willens Law Offices have built a reputation among our clients, other law firms, and our opponents with our dedication to hard-fought cases. Our record of success speaks for itself.