Little Rock Auto Defect Lawyers
Holding Liable Auto Manufacturers Accountable
Every year, hundreds of motor vehicles are recalled due to dangerous and potentially deadly defects. However, auto manufacturers and other parties are not automatically absolved of liability when they recall these vehicles, even voluntarily. If you or someone you love was harmed as a result of an auto defect, you could be entitled to compensation—and Potts Law Firm can help.
At our Little Rock office, we represent injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed in complex auto defect litigation. Our attorneys have successfully brought claims against some of the largest auto manufacturers in the world, winning results for their clients and helping them move forward with their lives.
To learn how our Little Rock auto defect lawyers can help you with your claim, call (501) 299-9270 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is free, and we do not collect any legal fees unless we win.
What Makes a Vehicle “Defective?”
Generally speaking, a vehicle is considered “defective” if it contains some flaw that poses a risk of injury or death to motorists, passengers, or others on the road. Additionally, an automobile may be defective if one of more of its components has such a flaw. For example, an improperly installed seatbelt that fails to “lock” when the brakes are applied constitutes an auto defect.
An automobile can have three main types of defects:
- Design Defects: Defective design refers to an inherently flawed design that causes a vehicle or auto part to be unreasonably unsafe. Examples include top-heavy SUVs that are prone to rolling over, vehicles that lack sufficient support to prevent roof crush, and automobiles with poorly placed fuel systems.
- Manufacturing Defects: Defective manufacturing occurs when a vehicle or vehicle component is improperly constructed or put together, resulting in a dangerous flaw. Examples include vehicles that are missing parts, or those that have improperly installed or defective parts, including engine components and safety features.
- Labeling/Marketing Defects: Labeling or marketing defects involve missing or incomplete warnings, safety information, instructions, and other labels, as well as improper marketing or advertising of products. Examples include missing airbag enabling/disabling instructions and misleading vehicle safety information.
At Potts Law Firm, we work with industry experts and conduct exhaustive investigations to determine what type of defect a vehicle contained and what caused it. We utilize powerful evidence to establish liability and bring powerful claims against the responsible parties.
Who Is Liable or an Auto Defect?
Auto manufacturers, as well as others involved in designing and distributing motor vehicles, can be held liable for auto defects that result in bodily injury or death. This is true even when the manufacturer or another party issues a recall.
Auto manufacturers and other entities involved in the chain of production and distribution must exercise “reasonable care” in designing, manufacturing, marketing, and selling vehicles that are safe for consumers. When they fail to do this—by cutting corners, making mistakes, or allowing flawed vehicles to enter the consumer market—they can be held accountable.
At Potts Law Firm, we seek fair compensation from negligent auto manufacturers and other liable parties for our clients’ resulting:
- Medical expenses
- Financial losses
- Lost income/wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Lost earning capacity
- Diminished quality of life
- Attorney fees/court costs
- Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses
- Wrongful death damages
In some cases, it may also be possible to pursue exemplary damages. Also known as punitive damages, exemplary damages are generally only awarded in cases involving gross negligence or willful, wanton, or intentional misconduct.
Examples of Common Auto Defects
Some of the most common auto defects include:
- Defective vehicle design
- Insufficient crashworthiness
- Misleading safety information
- Tire blowouts
- Airbag and seatbelt failures
- Steering and handling defects
- Transmission failures
- Door latch/hood latch failures
- Ignition and acceleration issues
- Loss of power
- Roof collapses
- Faulty engine components
If you were injured or if your loved one tragically passed away in a car accident caused by any type of auto defect, Potts Law Firm can help. These are highly complex claims; we strongly recommend that you trust your recovery to an experienced legal team with the resources, skills, and knowledge to effectively pursue your case.
Call (501) 299-9270 or contact us online today to schedule a complimentary case review.
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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.