There are an incredible number of car accidents each year. Most of us think the fault is with the drivers on the road. However, that may not always be the case. In 2018, there were about 17 million cars and light trucks in the United States alone. With all that increased manufacturing, there has to be some point when the manufacturer is at fault. Review this information about when the manufacturer is liable for an accident.
When Is It the Manufacturer’s Fault?
When there is a defect in the vehicle, and that is the reason for the accident, then the manufacturer is at fault. There could have been an error made during the building of the vehicle. It could also just be a poorly designed vehicle. Sometimes, the manufacturer does not provide clear instructions on how to use the car’s features, which may be the cause of an accident. While the responsibility falls to the driver for the proper maintenance of a vehicle, if there is a problem due to the manufacturing, then the manufacturer is at fault. Advancements with machine tools allow the first capitalist to create inexpensive quality goods. That trend has continued. We are able to produce more faster and at a more affordable price. Sometimes, errors are made during this process.
Is the Driver Responsible When the Accident is Caused By Mechanical Failure?
You being responsible for a mechanical failure depends on information about why there was a mechanical failure in the first place. For example, if you were remiss in proper maintenance of your vehicle, including routine maintenance, you could be liable for the accident that was caused. On the other hand, if the mechanical failure resulted in poor design or some other manufacturing defect, then most likely, you are not liable.
What Does it Mean to Have a Defective Car?
When you have a defective car, it means that there is a defect that was already there when it was purchased. This defect happened at some point during the design or manufacturing process. This also means that the driver is not at fault for an accident it caused.
What To Do If You Think the Manufacturer is To Blame
Car manufacturers have a legal obligation to produce cars that are safe. There are strict legal standards and laws that apply to manufacturing cars. Every state has rules that determine when the manufacturer is at fault because they understand how much responsibility falls to the manufacturer.
It is, however, the responsibility of the driver to prove that the manufacturer is at fault. The manufacturer may have the information that demonstrates how liable they are or are not. As a result, states allow drivers to make some presumptions about the car being defective due to a malfunction. The driver must prove there is a defect but does not have to prove how it happened or why. It is essential that the driver is able to prove the accident was caused by the defect and that there are injuries or damage as a result of the accident.
In addition to proving that you, as the driver, were not at fault for the accident, you are also attempting to receive any compensation you deserve. There is a legal process you must follow and deadlines to which you must adhere. If you were injured in a car accident, you have three ways to proceed: file a claim with your insurance company, file a claim with the at-fault drivers insurance company, or file a lawsuit with the at-fault driver.
Car accidents are no fun, especially when they happen because of something that is outside of your control. If you believe that a defect in your vehicle was the cause of your accident, you should consult a professional lawyer for guidance about what steps to take next.