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Can I sue a car manufacturer for injuries I sustained as a result of their defective product?

Many car accidents in Los Angeles occur because of defectively manufactured vehicles. A recent example of defectively manufactured vehicles led to the 2009-2010 Toyota recall of 3.8 million Toyotas in the United States. The reason for the Toyota recall was because floor mats in Toyota cars had the risk of causing accelerators to get stuck, making it difficult to stop, leading to vehicle collisions. In fact, many car accidents occurred because of this defect leading to the recall.

Car drivers have a right to be compensated for injuries caused by a defective product. Legal claims involving defective products come under the law of “Products Liability.” There are three main legal theories that can be asserted in Products Liability cases: negligence; strict liability; and breach of warranty. To effectively win a Products Liability law suit, Plaintiffs must be able to show that a defect existed, that the defect caused the Plaintiff’s injuries, and the seller or manufacturer owed the Plaintiff a duty to make or sell a safe product.

Our clients often ask us: “what is a defect?” Car defects can come under three broad categories: manufacturing defects; design defects; and failing to warn the consumer. Examples of car related defects are:
- Vehicle fires
- Brake defects
- Accelerator defects
- Parking break defects.
- Steering defects
- Seatbelt defects
- Airbag defects.
- Door lock defects
- Tire defects
- Child restraint defects
- Wiring defects.

If you have been involved in a Los Angeles car accident that resulted because of a vehicle defect, you may be entitled to damages from the manufacturer and/or the seller of the vehicle. Just like with any other type of car accident, you may be able to claim damages for your medical injuries, and for any loss of income you may have suffered due to the accident. Moreover, you may also be able to claim damages for pain and suffering that you have endured as a result of the car accident.

Products liability lawsuits can be complex. If you have been involved in a car accident due to a defective vehicle, you will require a highly skilled and experienced car accident lawyer to fight for your legal rights. The Los Angeles car accident attorneys at California Attorney Group can help you develop your case. Our knowledgeable LA car accident attorneys deal with car accident cases on a daily basis, and have successfully worked on products liability matters. If you have any questions about your legal rights, or if you are interested in hiring one of our aggressive L.A car accident lawyers to fight for your legal rights, contact us now toll free at 1-800-337-8547.