Dallas Auto Defect Lawyers
Defective Motor Vehicles & Vehicle Parts
Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues hundreds if not thousands of recalls due to safety issues and other auto defects. In many cases, auto manufacturers do not voluntarily recall defective vehicles, even when they know about the defects and the risk they pose to consumers. This means that many auto defects are unknown to the public until people have already been injured and lives have been lost.
Potts Law Firm believes that auto manufacturers and other responsible parties should be held accountable when they allow dangerous and defective vehicles onto our highways and roads. Even if an auto manufacturer recalls a vehicle, it could still be liable for accidents, injuries, deaths, and damages resulting from the defect. Our Dallas auto defect attorneys have extensive experience in product liability law, including claims under strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. We are aggressive advocates for our clients and, to date, have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation.
If you were injured or if your loved one was killed in an accident, and you believe an auto defect may be to blame, reach out to our firm right away to learn how we can help. We offer free consultations in person at our Dallas office or by phone for your convenience.
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What Is an Auto Defect?
An auto defect occurs when a vehicle or vehicle part is not properly designed, constructed, or installed. In many instances, this can significantly jeopardize the safety of the vehicle’s occupants, as well as others on the road.
Like other types of consumer products, vehicles and vehicle parts may contain one or more of the following three types of defects:
- Defective design
- Defective manufacturing
- Defective labeling/marketing
A vehicle with a defective design may put the occupants at serious risk of injury or death in the event of a crash. Defectively manufactured vehicles may be missing key components that could increase the likelihood of a crash. In the automotive industry, defective labeling or marketing may include things like misleading or fraudulent advertising or missing safety warnings on front-seat airbags.
Examples of Common Auto Defects
While a vehicle itself may have a defective design, any component of the vehicle may also be defective. Some vehicle elements are more commonly the subject of product liability litigation, including mass torts and class action lawsuits against auto manufacturers.
Some examples of common auto defects include:
- Top-heavy design, leading to an increased risk of vehicle rollovers
- Unsound structure, resulting in door and roof crushes
- Defective tires, leading to tires blowing out or shredding
- Improperly installed airbags and seatbelts that fail to “lock” when the brakes are applied
- Defective airbags that explode and shoot out shrapnel or deploy unexpectedly or too late
- Malfunctioning brakes that lock up or fail when applied
- Poorly designed fuel systems, leading to car fires and explosions
- Faulty steering systems, causing loss of vehicle control
- Defective engine components, such as transmissions
- Door latch failures, leading to car doors that open while vehicles are in motion
These and other auto defects put drivers and passengers at serious risk. If you believe that your accident was the result of an auto defect, reach out to the team at Potts Law Firm today to learn how we can help you fight for fair compensation.
How to Tell If Your Car Has Been Recalled
It is important that you know about any recalls affecting your vehicle. If your car has been recalled, you should take it in to be fixed right away.
You can determine whether your vehicle has any recalls on the NHTSA’s website, here. You will need to know your car’s 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN is located on your vehicle’s windshield on the lower section of the driver’s side. It is also located on your car’s registration card.
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What to Do If You Were Injured by a Defective Vehicle
If you were involved in a crash or otherwise injured due to an auto defect, there are certain things you should do to protect yourself, your rights, and your recovery. To the best of your ability, you should take the following steps:
- Seek immediate medical attention. Whether you were injured in a crash or otherwise harmed by an auto defect, you should see a medical professional right away.
- If necessary, call 911 and inform law enforcement about what happened. If you were injured in an accident, you must report it to the police.
- Document the incident/defect as best as you can by taking pictures and writing down everything you can remember and/or observe.
- Preserve all evidence from the crash/incident. If possible, avoid having your car repaired until after you have spoken to a lawyer.
- Look up your vehicle on the NHTSA’s website to determine if a recall has been issued. Remember, a recall does not absolve the manufacturer of liability and, even if there is no recall, you could still have a case.
- Contact an attorney with experience in auto defect litigation. Even if you are unsure whether what happened was the result of a defect, it is important to talk to a lawyer.
The sooner you get in touch with our Dallas auto defect lawyers, the better. We move swiftly when it comes to these cases, taking immediate action and managing media on behalf of our clients. Our team utilizes cutting-edge technology and innovative legal strategies to prove claims and demonstrate the full extent of our clients’ damages. We aggressively seek maximum compensation and are not afraid of taking cases to trial whenever necessary.
Auto Explosion Seven-Figure Settlement
Attorney Robert MN Palmer and his team secured a confidential seven-figure settlement against an automobile manufacturer for a defective fuel tank system. The client received 3rd and 2nd-degree burns over 60% of her body when the 2004 vehicle she was driving was hit in the rear causing the vehicle to become as witnesses describe a “fireball.”
Avandia Aggregate Settlement Seven-Figure Settlement
Potts Law Firm entered a high seven-figure aggregate settlement on behalf of clients that ingested Avandia and were injured.
Birth Injury $4.6 Million
Derek H. Potts and Samuel Cullan were members of the plaintiff's trial team which obtained a $4,600,000 verdict for a minor delivered at Bethany Medical Center. Ariana Wilburn, the minor, suffered a spinal cord presentation after being born in the breech position.
Birth Injury $1.5 Million
Partner Timothy L. Sifers settled a $1,500,000 medical malpractice case pertaining to a birth injury on behalf of a Sudanese family.
Breach of Fiduciary Duty & Legal Malpractice Confidential Settlement
Christopher D. Lindstrom and T. “Micah” Dortch represented a Bankruptcy Trustee in the Southern District of Texas. The case involved allegations of breach of fiduciary duty by the owners of a video game developer and legal malpractice by its attorney related to the failure to properly use the funds invested by others for the creation of an online first-party shooter game.
Callen vs. Heartland 7 Figure Settlement
Buchanan County Circuit Court, 2006. Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel which obtained a seven-figure settlement during the trial due to medical malpractice.
Car Accident Confidential Settlement
Eric G. Jensen represented a father of two who had another driver turn right in front of him on a Greene County country road near Springfield, Missouri. Rather than hit the driver, our client swerved to avoid the collision and his vehicle rolled into a ditch.
Car Accident $424,000
Eric G. Jensen represented a bright young lady and new mother who was hit by another car at an intersection in Springfield, Missouri. After a lengthy trial, the Greene County, Missouri jury awarded this client $400,000 for her permanent back injury.
Catastrophic Injuries $3.5 Million
Derek H. Potts was co-lead counsel with Thomas Cartmell in representing John Novogradac of Kansas City whose health was neglected during his stay at two nursing home facilities. Mr. Novogradac developed bedsores on his body and had above-knee amputations on both legs after his wounds became severely infected with gangrenous and dead tissue.
CEO Fraud $20 Million
“Micah” Dortch and Chris D. Lindstrom represented a United States Bankruptcy Trustee in C.A. No. 4:11-cv-3700; Rodney Tow vs. Amegy Bank, John H. Speer et. al, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. After over Ten Million Dollars in pre-trial settlements with various defendants, the case proceeded to trial against the target defendant with an ultimate verdict in favor of the Plaintiff.