AUTOMOBILE DEFECTS

 

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), hundreds of vehicle recalls were issued in 2017. Those recalls affected millions of vehicles of various models. Defective automobiles not only affect the safety of the occupants of that vehicle, but also the safety of those in other vehicles on the road.

The experienced auto defect lawyers at The Potts Law Firm believe in holding automobile manufacturers accountable for the safety of their vehicles. If you or a loved one were harmed in an accident involving an automobile defect, contact The Potts Law Firm to schedule your free consultation with one of our product liability attorneys.

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types of automobile defect claims we handle

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Recalls are either done voluntarily by the auto manufacturer or are specifically ordered by the Federal government. The Federal government regulates automobiles through several statutes, but primarily through the National Traffic and Motor Safety Vehicle Act.  ( http://uscode.house.gov/statutes/pl/89/563.pdf )   Recalls usually identify the root cause of the problem that is a danger to the vehicle occupants or others. Recalls also identify a solution to fix whatever is wrong with the automobile or truck.  Recalls can be safety related or not.  The government agency that enforces this law is the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (“NHTSA”).  Anyone can check whether their vehicle has an active recall by visiting www.safercar.gov.  Even if your vehicle doesn’t have a recall, it may still be dangerous and defective.  Call us to find out.

The largest North American car manufacturers, Ford (Ford and Lincoln products), Fiat Chrysler (Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep products), and General Motors (Buick, GMC, Cadillac, and Pontiac) have recalled millions of cars in the last five years for safety defects that caused death or personal injury to drivers and passengers.

Many foreign manufacturers import cars to the United States or make all or some of their cars here.  Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Lexus, Acura, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Volkswagen, Kia, Hyundai. Porsche, and Volvo have all made recent safety recalls to repair design defects and manufacturing mistakes.

In addition to these auto, truck, and SUV recalls, the Potts Law Firm also handles recalls and product liability cases involving motorcycles, recreational vehicles (“RVs”), all-terrain vehicles (“ATV’s”) and semi-truck/tractor trailers.

At the Potts Law Firm, we have spent years refining our skills as product liability attorneys. We have handled cases in many parts of the country and achieved great results for our clients in product liability lawsuits. It will not cost you anything to consult with an attorney at The Potts Law Firm, and you will only pay attorney fees and expenses if we win your case.

Find out if your vehicle has a recall online at: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls

Even if you caused a single car accident, like running off the road and hitting an object, your vehicle is supposed to protect you and your loved ones during a crash.  You can learn more about crash injuries and current research at https://www.nhtsa.gov/research-data/crash-injury-research. If you or a family member have been injured or killed by a defective vehicle, call us for a free consultation.

As defective automobile product lawyers, we sue vehicle manufacturers all over the country for dangerous and defective vehicles that cause serious injury or death to drivers and passengers.

Victims of defective vehicle products can hold the manufacturer responsible through product liability claims. Negligence in the manufacture, design, building or testing of a vehicle can be a basis for liability in a lawsuit.

Attorneys see many of the same dangerous defects again and again. Some manufacturers have recurring issues that overlap various makes and models of vehicles.

Many manufacturers have problems with ignition switch defects, airbags that fail to deploy, seatbelt failures, broken seatbacks, faulty door or hood latches, fuel system fires, steering instability, rollovers, and roof collapse. We also see many tire manufacturers with a history of product failures put additional defective tires on the market.

Dangerous safety defects are found through customer complaints, investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( www.nhtsa.gov ),  or lawyers who see serious personal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and wrongful death from these defective products.

No, you will not owe the firm/attorney anything if we don’t win your case, this is a gamble that the firm takes and must consider when taking a new case.

Yes, most of the time as you’ve just read. There are a few exceptions when a law firm might not pay up-front expenses of a personal injury lawsuit. The first instance is when the case is not very strong but the client still wishes to go ahead with the lawsuit. An attorney may not wish to undertake all the high financial risk of a tenuous case by paying all the up-front expenses and relying only on a contingency fee. Another instance occurs where a reasonable settlement offer is made to the client but the client refuses to accept the offer against the advice of the law firm. If the client wishes to continue to pursue the case in the hope of receiving more money, the client will need to pay for future expenses and may be required to reimburse the law firm for prior expenses.

This means that the law firm will work on your case and usually advance the expenses of litigation, but will not charge you unless and until they recover money damages for you.

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