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Car Accidents

What Happens when Accidents are caused by Car Defects?

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Car manufacturers are known for continuously pushing the limits in order to achieve innovative feats and improve their vehicles. These days, cars are created in many different state-of-the-art models and designs, ensuring that the experience of driving is safer and more convenient than ever before. Unfortunately, there are occasions when these new technologies malfunction or are defective. In these instances, the innovations that were meant to benefit drivers become a liability that could cause serious harm and injury.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents are typically caused by alcohol impaired driving, speeding, and other reckless driving behavior. However, there are times when car accidents are caused by forces outside of any driver’s control. Such is the case with accidents caused by defective or malfunctioning car part. There have been plenty of occasions when car manufacturers miss a step and inadvertently allow a defective vehicle to be sold to the public. In turn, drivers and car owners are left unaware of the potential danger caused by defects that have been missed by the manufacturer. Toyota, Nissan, and Honda recently issued a huge global recall for over 31 million vehicles that had faulty airbags that have been found to erupt quite easily and spray shrapnel inside the car. Another example is the recall issued by Suzuki for 2 million cars over issues with the ignition switch. Aside from these two examples, plenty of car manufacturers have also issued recalls for defects over tires, seatbelts, and brakes.

McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm says on its website that companies and manufacturers must be held accountable for any accident caused by defective products. However, in the case of defective car parts, the role of a manufacturer’s neglect in an accident is often hard to prove. It’s important that victims that may have suffered due to an accident caused by a car defect approach an experienced personal injury lawyer. With proper consultation, victims can learn more about the legal channels that can help them seek out just compensation.

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Why Hire a Lawyer after a Car Accident?

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

When a car accident occurs, there are more questions that can pop up than answers. Legal help that specializes in car accidents and understands the laws in your state would help increase chances of having a successful insurance or injury claim against the person at- fault.

When it comes to car accidents it is important to hire a lawyer who not only knows how car accident claims go but also the laws in your state that could affect the outcome of the claim. Each state has statute of limitations regarding cat accident claims, and failure to file a claim or lawsuit in accordance to the state’s statute of limitations would mean losing your legal right for compensation for damages. Claims that can be settled outside of court can go smoothly through the advice and guidance of a good car accident lawyer, while claims that go to trial would require legal representation who understands how to respond to the defenses and arguments raised by the other party. Additionally, having a knowledgeable lawyer would yield a more positive outcome when dealing with insurance companies.

Another important reason why hiring a lawyer after a car accident is beneficial is because after an injury, you may not be physically fit to prepare the necessary documents and procure the evidence important to make your claim. Having a lawyer would lessens you worries about gathering and organizing evidence related to your injury or insurance claim, and would be the one who will file them at the court. They will be the one who will draft a settlement demand letter for the insurance company and will be the one who will file the needed to begin a case.

Lastly, having a qualified Oceanside car accident attorney will guarantee that you are properly protected, fighting for your rights are pushed during the trial, and that your claims will be granted. They will be the one negotiating the settlement, and ensuring that you are fairly compensated for your troubles.

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Tire Safety

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Product Liability | 1 comment

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) provides an online tire safety checklist for all drivers that want to monitor the durability of their tires. In addition to safety tips, the brochure provides maintenance recommendations and a grading system for tire quality. Monitoring the quality of tires could make the difference in avoiding a tire blowout on a crowded highway.

As the brochure recommends, drivers should check their tire pressure to make sure that one low tire pressure isn’t causing the other tires to perform undue work. Another measure to avoid unnecessary pressure is to not exceed the maximum recommended weight load of the vehicle. When they notice it, drivers should remove debris (like glass and rocks) from their wheel tread while checking for unusual wear patterns. Valve caps should always be on the tires in order to avoid premature deflation.

Once on the road, drivers should avoid driving over potholes and curbs if at all possible. Hitting these uneven surfaces (at any speed) can cause a spontaneous tear or eruption of the tire. Sometimes tire accidents cause severe damages to drivers and passengers. Some car accidents related to tire malfunctions cause the vehicle to lose balance and roll while travelling at high speeds.  Rollover accidents are extremely dangerous and can result in serious spinal trauma.

According to the website of the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, factors that lead to faulty tires are tread separation, weak support cabling, defective rubber composite, and side wall defects. Despite exercising caution and proper safety procedures, some tire problems aren’t able to be avoided. In the event that someone is harmed due to a crashed caused by defective tires the manufacturer of the faulty tire could be held legally responsible.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident due to defective tires, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries. Contact a personal injury lawyer today to discuss your options more in depth. An experienced attorney will be able to help you through this difficult time, offering you moral and legal support.

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