Every year, almost 6 million car accidents occur in the United States, resulting in thousands of deaths and millions of injuries. Sadly, many of these crashes are caused by defects in car parts that were hidden until tragedy resulted.
It is frightening to realize that a car accident was no fault of the driver or other cars on the road, but rather was the result of a problem with the vehicle itself. This unfortunate reality should never become an acceptable reality.
If you are the victim of a defective automobile in the New York and New Jersey metro area, the experienced car accident attorneys at Ginarte, O’Dwyer, Gonzalez, Gallardo, Verchick & Winograd, L.L.P., are on your side. With over 150 years of combined experience, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients in New York and New Jersey. Call 1-888-GINARTE (1-888-446-2783) now, fill out our online contact form, or visit one of our seven nearby offices in Newark, New York City, Union City, Elizabeth, Clifton or Perth Amboy today. Remember, there is no charge to talk with our vehicle defect lawyers and we collect fees only if you win your case!
Vehicle Defect Lawsuits in New York and New Jersey
When you get into the driver’s seat, you expect that your car will function properly and you will arrive safely at your destination. You may even think to yourself that your car will protect you if you were unlucky enough to find yourself in an accident. Unfortunately, some automobiles are defective either in their design or the way they were built. When such a defect exists, serious injuries and even death can result, at no fault of the driver.
Some of the key components of a car that could be defective include:
- Faulty brakes,
- Defective steering mechanisms,
- Engine malfunctions,
- Sticking gas pedals,
- Defective cruise control systems,
- Malfunctioning airbags,
- Unsafe gas tank design,
- Gearshifts that slip out of “park,”
- Poor seat design,
- Lack of vehicle stability leading to rollovers,
- Defective seatbelts, and
- Tire flaws.
Recovering Compensation After an NY / NJ Defective Vehicle Accident
When a defective automobile or auto part is the cause of an accident in New York or New Jersey, the victims may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer or other responsible parties under the products liability law. Punitive damages, which are meant to penalize the manufacturer and prevent future similar accidents, may even be awarded to victims harmed by vehicle defects. By consulting an experienced personal injury attorney, victims of vehicle defect accidents can learn about the different legal options available to them to ensure that justice is served.
Vehicle defect accidents can cause extensive medical bills, damaged property, and long-term health issues. Because these sorts of expenses often affect the financial stability of an entire family, it is important that a victim of a vehicle defect accident recovers the maximum compensation possible for what he or she has endured.