Signs That a Defective Car Part May Have Caused or Contributed to Your Accident

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 25-Jul-2017

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 part defects.)
  • 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 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 for damages.
  • 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.

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