Birmingham Auto Defect Attorneys
Defective Automobiles & Auto Parts
Automotive defects are not only incredibly dangerous, but they are also alarmingly common. In the United States, millions of vehicles are recalled every year. Sadly, despite efforts to take unsafe or defective vehicles off the road, thousands of people are injured or killed in accidents stemming from auto defects nationwide.
If you were injured or if someone you love died due to an auto defect, Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law can help. Since 1991, our firm has successfully represented clients throughout Alabama in complex product liability cases, including litigation involving defective motor vehicles. Our Birmingham auto defect attorneys offer personalized and attentive legal services tailored to each client’s unique situation. We recognize the challenges you are facing, and we know how to help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
What Is an Auto Defect?
The term “auto defect” is used to describe any motor vehicle—including passenger cars, pickup trucks, motorcycles, and SUVs—that contains some flaw that renders it unreasonably unsafe for the user. This includes a flawed vehicle design, as well as issues with vehicle components, such as the engine, electronic systems, or even safety equipment.
Some examples of auto defects include defective:
- Vehicle design
- Warning lights
- Braking systems
- Steering components
- Fuel systems
- Fuel storage tanks
These and other common auto defects can lead to an array of serious and potentially deadly problems while driving, such as sudden acceleration, brake failure, exploding airbags, and fuel ignition and explosions.
Who Is Liable for an Auto Defect?
Studies and investigations have found that, time and time again, automobile manufacturers were aware of dangerous defects yet did nothing to prevent consumers from being harmed or even warn them of the potential dangers. When manufacturers and other entities involved in the line of production fail to ensure the safety of the public, they can be held responsible.
In most cases, the automotive company responsible for the vehicle or vehicle part is the one who is liable for victims’ resulting injuries and damages. Determining liability can be complex, and most major auto companies will go to great lengths to deny culpability. It is important that you work with an experienced attorney, like those at Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law. Our Birmingham auto defect lawyers know how to investigate accidents and determine whether a defective vehicle or vehicle part led to or caused the crash. We are well-versed in the law and experienced in pursuing compensation from liable automobile manufacturers and companies. We have a long, proven track record of success, having secured more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients.
If you were involved in an accident, and you believe an auto defect may be to blame for your injuries, reach out to our firm to learn how we can help.
How to Tell If Your Vehicle Is Defective
It can be extremely difficult to tell when a vehicle or vehicle component is defective. However, it is critical to identify auto defects after a crash, as well as before an accident can occur. If you have already been involved in an accident, identifying a defect can allow you the ability to file a product liability claim in addition to or in place of a personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, knowing whether your car is defective or has a faulty part allows you to repair or replace it promptly, keeping you and your loved ones safe.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers a vehicle recall portal for consumers to check for auto defects and recalls. You can visit the portal by clicking here. To see if your vehicle has a recall, you will need to know the 17-character VIN (vehicle identification number) or the year, make, and model of your car. You can also use this portal to check for car seat, tire, and other equipment recalls.
When to Contact an Auto Defect Attorney
If you believe you or your loved one may have been harmed by an auto defect, you should reach out to an attorney right away. In most cases, you only have two years to file a product liability lawsuit. If the statute of limitations passes and you have not filed a suit, you will almost certainly lose your right to recover compensation for your damages.
We encourage you to contact Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law right away. The sooner our Birmingham auto defect attorneys can begin working on your case, the better. We offer free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not owe any legal fees unless we win your case.