Recalled Vehicles and Personal Injury Law in Jackson, MississippiMalouf & Malouf, are personal injury lawyers in Jackson, Mississippi who work closely with individuals and families who have suffered injuries as a result of a vehicle defect or due to damages caused by a recalled vehicle. According to the Insurance Journal, in 2017 alone 30.7 million vehicles were recalled. These figures don’t account for the millions of vehicles that were already subject to a recall due to the Takata airbag defect that impacted vehicles manufactured by 19 different companies. (46 million vehicles have been recalled because they were equipped with Takata airbags that could explode when these airbags deploy.) These numbers also don’t account for the other vehicles subject to other defects and other recalls. Vehicle defects can put millions of people at risk of injury. Many recalls affect vehicle safety, and in some cases, defective vehicles can cause serious injuries in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, sometimes individuals don’t learn that the car that they own has been subject to a recall. Manufacturer letters may not reach the owner in time and there is currently no federal law in place preventing used car dealerships from selling defective or recalled vehicles. There are potentially millions of vehicles on the road with known defects that have yet to be addressed. How can you know if your vehicle has been subject to a recall? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a VIN lookup tool that allows car owners to see if their vehicle has been subject to any recalls. If you have been hurt in a car accident and believe that a defect in your car may have resulted in your crash or resulted in your injuries, Malouf & Malouf are personal injury attorneys in Jackson, Mississippi who work closely with victims and families, helping them seek damages for their losses. You and your loved ones might be entitled to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our personal injury attorneys in Jackson, Mississippi may be able to help you seek a settlement from vehicle manufacturers if a defective vehicle was to blame for your injuries. How Can Vehicle Defects Lead to Car Crashes? There are many ways in which vehicle defects can lead to car crashes. Sometimes safety features pose a hazard, while other times, the defect might affect critical systems in the car, that can make the car more prone to accidents. What are some ways that vehicle defects can lead to accidents?
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 41.6 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbags have been recalled. These airbags have the potential to explode when they deploy, putting passengers and drivers at the risk of serious injury. If you have been hurt due to an exploding airbag, consider reaching out to Malouf & Malouf, personal injury lawyers in Jackson, Mississippi today. Our firm may be able to assist you with making a claim.
- Defects with brakes can put drivers, their passengers, and others on the road at serious risk of injury. According to Consumer Reports, General Motors has recalled over half a million GMC and Chevrolet trucks due to a defect that can cause one vehicle wheel to brake suddenly, which can result in the driver losing control of the vehicle. This can put drivers at risk of swerving unexpectedly, which can result in a crash. Some drivers might even find themselves being blamed for an accident in which they swerved suddenly, but they may not be aware that this accident might be the result of a defect in their vehicle. If you’ve been in an accident because you lost control of your car, consider reaching out to Malouf & Malouf today. Our firm may be able to help.
- Tire Failure. If your tire deflates suddenly, explodes unexpectedly, or fails without warning, you can lose control of your vehicle, or get into a crash. The NHTSA maintains a database of tire recalls. If you have been in an accident where tire failure may have played a role in your crash, you may have the right to seek damages for your losses from the tire manufacturer.
- Battery Issues. There have been some reports that Tesla vehicles have been experiencing battery explosions and issues. If you have suffered an injury because your electric vehicle caught fire or exploded, consider reaching out to Malouf & Malouf. Our law firm can review your case and help you take the next steps.
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