LaPlace Auto Defect Attorneys
Fighting to Recover Compensation for Victims Injured by Auto Defects in LaPlace, LA
When you purchase and operate a vehicle, you expect it to work as intended. You certainly do not imagine a scenario where you lose control of your car due to some sort of flaw or get into an accident where key safety features fail when you need them most. The tragic reality is that critical auto defects affect millions of vehicles annually, and, even if the discovery of an issue triggers a recall, you may not know about the problem until it is too late.
At Potts Law Firm, we are prepared to help you seek just compensation when you suffer injuries due to any kind of auto defect. With over 250 years of combined experience and over $1 billion recovered for our clients, our LaPlace auto defect lawyers understand how to effectively navigate these cases and hold negligent parties accountable. We will investigate your accident, ascertain liability, and walk you through all available legal options, including what types of damages we may be able to help you secure. Our team is committed to your case and will do everything in our power to deliver the best possible outcome.
You owe our firm nothing unless we win, so contact us online or call (985) 236-0573 to schedule a free initial consultation today. Same-day appointments are available, and we offer services in English and Spanish.
How Dangerous Auto Defects Happen in Louisiana
Like any dangerous product, auto defects tend to develop during the design or manufacturing of a vehicle. In some cases, the inherent design of a vehicle will eventually be proven to be unsafe, especially if cheaper or less reliable materials and methods are used. When there is a design defect, all vehicles of a particular make and model will be flawed and dangerous. In cases where a vehicle’s design is sound, defects may still arise when the car or truck is being assembled. Manufacturing issues will only impact the specific vehicles that were subject to the error or problem.
But why do these design and manufacturing problems occur, especially when these processes are overseen by professional automakers? The answer often comes down to money. Automakers will sometimes look to cut corners and reduce expenses by picking less costly (but potentially problematic) designs. They may also rush the manufacturing of vehicles to meet unrealistic quotas, consequently increasing the likelihood of human or machine error.
Put more simply, dangerous auto defects are frequently the result of an automaker putting profits ahead of consumer safety. They are rarely isolated, random, or unpreventable events. The party or parties responsible for an auto defect can be held legally accountable when the vehicle’s flaw directly results in injury.
Our LaPlace auto defect attorneys can represent you in claims involving:
- Airbag and Seatbelt Failures
- Broken Seatbacks
- Door Latch and Hood Latch Failures
- Ignition Defects and Loss of Power
- Roof Collapse and Crashworthiness Issues
- Steering and Handling Defects
- Tire Defects
- Vehicle Fires and Fuel System Defects
Who Is Liable for Auto Defect Injuries in Louisiana?
When you get into a serious accident because of an auto defect, you are generally aware the incident was not your fault. However, you may not know who is responsible for compensating you for injuries, medical expenses, and other damages.
Participants in the automaking process, including manufacturers and distributors, have a duty to act with a reasonable level of care when designing, producing, and delivering their products. They are expected by regulators to implement dependable, reasonably safe components and keep up with industry safety advancements. They must also proactively warn consumers about how to safely use their vehicles and alert them to any potential risks. When defects do become apparent, automakers must take steps to warn other consumers about the issue and prevent additional consequences through a recall.
Automakers sometimes do not honor their duty to consumers or adequately warn them about known risks, and these violations can lead to tragic outcomes. They may not exercise an acceptable level of care when designing, testing, or manufacturing their vehicles, and they may drag their feet or look for any excuse not to issue an expensive, embarrassing recall. While these sorts of careless or reckless actions are sometimes difficult to establish in court, you fortunately do not need to prove negligence to win a product liability case in Louisiana.
Determining who precisely is liable will often require an investigation, which Potts Law Firm can help facilitate. Ultimately, liability will typically depend on the nature of the flaw and how the defect came to exist. Depending on the circumstances of the defect, one or more of the following parties may be liable for damages in Louisiana:
- The vehicle manufacturer
- The manufacturer of a defective vehicle component
- The vehicle distribution company
- A mechanic or auto shop that created a defect through negligent repairs
- A car dealer or dealership who sold you a defective vehicle or defective vehicle component
If you were involved in an accident that may have been the result of an auto defect, you have very limited time to act, so do not hesitate to call (985) 236-0573 or contact us online.
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When a driver gets into a single-car accident, they are typically considered responsible for their injuries, meaning they cannot take legal action to recover damages. Fortunately, there is an exception for accidents caused by auto defects. For example, if your car crashed into a tree or barrier due to a steering control system failure, you could potentially sue the liable party or parties and recover compensation through an auto defect lawsuit. We can help you explore your legal options in these scenarios.
Seat Back Failure Seven-Figure Settlement
Potts Law Firm secured a confidential seven-figure settlement against an automobile manufacturer when the client’s vehicle was struck by another vehicle causing the driver’s seat to collapse backward allowing the client to be thrown into the back seat where she received spinal cord injuries, rendering her a quadriplegic.
Defective Airbag Seven-Figure Settlement
Potts Law Firm secured a confidential seven-figure settlement against an automobile manufacturer for the clients when their nine-year-old daughter was killed by the passenger side airbag in this low-energy collision.
Small Statured Seat Belt Defect Confidential Settlement
Potts Law Firm secured a judgment and subsequent confidential settlement against an automobile manufacturer for a defective occupant restraint system provided for the front seat driver in a 1990 vehicle. This was a judge-tried case. After presenting evidence as to liability, the judge entered a plaintiff’s verdict.
Auto Explosion Seven-Figure Settlement
Potts Law Firm 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.”
Defective Seat Belt Seven-Figure Settlement
Potts Law Firm secured a confidential seven-figure settlement against an automobile manufacturer for the clients when the restraint system in the subject vehicle failed to properly restrain their son in a rollover.
Defective Seat Belt Buckle Seven-Figure Settlement
Potts Law Firm secured a confidential seven-figure settlement against automobile manufacturers when the client’s seat belt was unlatched during a collision allowing him to move forward which caused his head to impact the interior of the vehicle. The client was immediately rendered a quadriplegic.