File a Claim against a Negligent Carmaker
If you own a car, you know that your vehicle is a vital part of your daily life, whether you use it to get to work, to pick up the kids from school, or to run important errands. As a consumer, you have the right to expect that any vehicle you purchase will be designed and constructed with safety as the highest priority.
Unfortunately, car designers and manufacturers are not immune to mistakes. Many even fail to operate with consumer safety at the forefront. Carmaker negligence can quickly lead to devastating injuries and even death. When a driver or passenger is harmed by a car’s defective part or design flaw, the negligent party must be held accountable.
At Ashcraft & Gerel, we want to make things right for people who have been wronged by auto manufacturers’ negligence. If you believe you might have a valid auto part liability claim, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your situation during a free initial consultation.
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Car Defect vs. Driver Neglect in Car Accidents
There is a distinct difference between traditional car accident cases – where a negligent driver caused the accident – and an auto product liability case where a defective part of the vehicle itself caused the accident. The way you pursue a claim will depend on whether a driver or a defective car part is to blame for the accident.
If the accident truly was caused by a defect within the car’s design or construction, you should pursue a claim against the manufacturer or designer.
At Ashcraft & Gerel, we have handled numerous car defect claims, including those regarding:
- GM ignition defects
- Defective Takata airbags
- Defective Toyota brakes
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What Causes Car Defects?
A variety of factors can lead to a serious and potentially deadly auto product defect.
A defect could be caused by:
- Faulty manufacturing
- Dangerous or careless design
- A carmaker’s failure to properly test the vehicle or the auto part
- Shipping and distribution problems
- Failure to provide adequate safety warnings
Though some defects do genuinely go unnoticed, we see far too often that carmakers actually know about potential defects or problems but try to cover them up, or simply fail to warn the public about them. In these cases, it becomes crucial that affected consumers take legal action to hold manufacturers accountable for their negligence.
Our Rockville auto product liability attorneys have handled claims involving:
- Rollover defects
- Defective tires
- Defective airbags
- Defects in specific car parts, such as ignition switches and gas tanks
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The most important step in an auto product liability claim is to pinpoint the exact defect. At Ashcraft & Gerel, we take the time to carefully investigate the incident and the affected vehicle to identify the nature of the defect and how it may have led to an accident.
During our investigation, we may:
- Bring in subject-matter experts
- Extensively test the vehicle
- Investigate any witnesses
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Contact Us if You Have an Auto Product Liability Claim
If you or someone you love suffered an injury in Rockville, MD as a result of a defective vehicle component, we want to hear your story and help you fight for the compensation to which you are entitled. Our firm is at the forefront of product liability litigation and is eager to guide you through the process ahead.