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We Can Take on Big Automakers in High-Profile Cases

Vehicle breakdowns are always inconvenient, but sometimes they can be outright dangerous. Faulty parts sometimes cause drivers to lose control of their cars or make safety systems malfunction when they’re needed most.

Especially given the amount of money we spend on our vehicles, these risks are unacceptable. Automakers have the technology and resources to ensure each car that makes it to the market is safe. Their failure to consistently do so can and should be addressed in the courts. Our team at Ashcraft & Gerel can help you file an auto defect claim if you or a loved one was seriously injured when your car malfunctioned. With over 65 years in business, our firm has a reputation that will put any negligent automaker on alert.


When to Make an Auto Defect Claim

When it comes to determining what caused an accident, oftentimes victims can only state with certainty that their actions were not to blame. Therefore, you may be able to file an auto defect claim even if you do not know about it. Especially if another party involved in the accident claims they did not make a mistake, take them at their word. Ask a lawyer to launch an investigation for dangerous vehicular malfunctions.

Other times, it may be obvious something went wrong either right before or during an accident. You’ll want to make sure you keep the vehicle with the faulty part, even if it was totaled, to serve as evidence.

Auto defect claims can include:

  • Tire blowouts or failure
  • Faulty airbags
  • Rollovers/roof crush accidents
  • Brake defects
  • Faulty ignition switches
  • Transmission defects

If you believe one or more of these issues was to blame for your injuries, please reach out to our attorneys for a free consultation. We want to help you determine your rights and find every opportunity for compensation.

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Auto Defects and Liability

Our nation’s product safety laws make it easier for the victims of defective products by assuming liability rests with the seller. Any company that sells a good is responsible for fully testing it to find defects. When a company fails to conduct tests or fudges results, they’re not off the hook—it is their duty to conduct reasonable assessments, and failure to do so constitutes negligence. Likewise, if a company knew their product was dangerous and hid this information from others, they were negligent in making that choice.

Proof of liability in an auto defect claim therefore depends on your legal team being able to pinpoint the defect and show how it contributed to your damages. Our attorneys can take the lead on this, working with industry experts, bringing in engineers to test the vehicle or part, and investigating other instances of similar failures. We will also look into the automaker’s process to determine whether the defect was due to:

  • Flawed designs
  • Manufacturing errors
  • Negligent testing procedures
  • Shipper or distributor errors
  • Failure to adequately warn consumers about dangers

Depending on where in the process the negligent choice(s) were made, you may be able to bring a claim against more than one company.

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Your Auto Product Liability Lawyer Must Be Ready to Fight

Sometimes, it’s a fight to even determine whether a defect materially contributed to the accident and your injuries. Even when you can easily prove a malfunctioning part was to blame for your accident, the automaker you’re accusing of negligence will likely push back against your case. These companies tend to have large in-house legal teams. Any consumer trying to file a claim on their own is likely to feel overwhelmed by this response and give up—which is exactly the result these companies want.

If you want to prevail in an auto product liability case, it’s important to work with a team that has the resources to launch a full investigation. This means finding a firm like Ashcraft & Gerel, where our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience and have fought serious, high-profile cases in the past.

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Our Lawyers Are Ready for Every Challenge

Ashcraft & Gerel is known for taking on complex cases, even when other firms pass on them. We are confident our lawyers have the skill and experience to help clients prevail even when they are facing powerful opponents. This is the type of dedication you need if you want to bring an auto product liability case.

Along with fighting our hardest for you, our team understands how important it is to have someone on your side—and by your side—as you recover from your injuries. We provide comprehensive support, helping our clients find and access the treatment they need. Everything we do is born out of genuine care and compassion for the people we work with. We encourage anyone looking for assistance with an auto defect case to reach out to us today.