Admittedly, most automobile accidents occur due to some form of driver
error, which is why insurance companies use the word “fault”
to determine who should pay for the damage. However, occasionally a defective
automobile part can be a contributing factor, or even the direct cause
of a crash. If you believe a defective car part may have played a role
in your recent automobile accident, you should notify the police, your
insurance company and your attorney right away, as this information may
inform the resulting investigation.
When should you suspect a defective car part in your accident?
If you hear strange sounds, feel rumblings or bumps coming from the wheels
prior to losing control of the vehicle. (The
NHTSA estimates faulty tires contribute to up to 43.3 percent of accidents related to
If you suddenly lose control due to one or more critical functions of the car. For example, the brakes suddenly stop working, or you lose steering control.
These issues can result from lack of proper maintenance, but they can
also indicate a defect.
If you smell smoke or observe fire, especially prior to the accident. Fire is a common symptom for a number of defects.
If you find out your vehicle is under recall. Check with
safercar.gov to find out if your vehicle has been recalled for defective parts. If
the manufacturer failed to notify you of such a recall, you may be eligible
If the other driver mentions any of the other signs mentioned above. Sometimes it’s not the parts in
your car that were defective; sometimes the other guy’s car is to blame.
If you suspect you may have a
defective vehicle or that a defective part contributed to your accident, call our
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about next steps.