When an automotive defect, such as faulty brakes or malfunctioning airbags, causes an injury, people may feel confused about what to do.
Understanding liability and available options is important for victims seeking compensation.
In Connecticut, the manufacturer of the vehicle is generally the first party held responsible when an automotive defect results in injury. Automakers have a legal obligation to ensure their products are safe for consumers. If a defect in the design or manufacturing process causes an accident, liability may fall onto the manufacturer.
Dealership and repair shop accountability
While manufacturers bear primary responsibility, dealerships may also have some accountability under certain circumstances. If a dealership failed to properly inspect, maintain or repair the vehicle and these actions contributed to the defect, they could be liable for the resulting injuries. If able to trace an automotive back to the negligence or incompetence of a maintenance or repair shop, they may also hold some accountability.
Injured person’s options
A person faced with automotive defect-related injuries has several options for seeking compensation. They can pursue product liability claims against the manufacturer, dealership or repair shop responsible for the defect. This allows them to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
An injured person may also file an insurance claim with their insurance companies. Depending on the circumstances, the at-fault party’s insurance may also come into play. In some cases, the manufacturer may issue a recall or honor a warranty to address the defect and compensate victims.
Although 98% of car accidents involve human error, automotive defects still can cause injuries. When dealings with the liable companies or insurers seem to go nowhere, an injured person has the right to take legal action to recover damages.