We expect the vehicles we purchase to be free of manufacturing or design defects; however, it seems as if every month we hear about an automobile manufacturer recalling a specific vehicle for a potential safety concern. Unfortunately, defects in design, construction, and manufacturing are a top cause of car accidents in Georgia and nationwide.
As a consumer, it is difficult to prove a vehicle defect on your own unless it is already an issue the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is aware of. For this reason, it is important to report your concerns to NHTSA and to speak with a skilled Georgia injury lawyer.
An attorney will obtain a copy of your accident report, examine the evidence, speak with witnesses, and find out if there were other complaints in the past regarding the same concern. Additionally, a lawyer will make sure the vehicle’s evidence is preserved and examined by the proper authorities. In order to prove an auto defect claim, an accident attorney will show the manufacturer the following three things:
- You were operating the car as intended
- The vehicle’s performance has not been changed since purchasing it new
- A part, system, tire, or car was unreasonably dangerous
Having an attorney on your side is critical to building a strong case and to receiving the proper compensation for your injuries and damages. If you believe your car accident was caused by a defect, contact a Peachtree City car accident lawyer at Shane Smith Law at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation.