If you’ve been injured in an accident due to what you believe was a defect in your vehicle, you have the right to file an injury claim against the party responsible for that defect.
Determining who to sue in such a claim can be a challenge at the outset of your case. There are a variety of parties involved in manufacturing and delivering the car. Here are some of the potential defendants in an accident claim involving vehicle defects:
- Manufacturer: The company that performed most of the manufacturing work for your vehicle could be liable if the actual building of your car was done poorly. This is likely to be the case if there were issues with a specific manufacturing process that resulted in defects in numerous cars.
- Parts manufacturer: If there was a specific part in your vehicle that was defective and caused an accident, you should file your claim against both the manufacturer of the part and the manufacturer of the vehicle, unless the part was an aftermarket part that you purchased yourself.
- Shipper: Any shipper or other type of company that acts as a middleman between the manufacturer and dealer could be liable for defects or damage to your vehicle.
- Car dealership: The dealership at which the car was purchased, or the shop that sold you the defective part, could be liable for your accident, even if you were not the one that purchased the vehicle initially.
All the above can still be held liable in a case even if you were borrowing someone else’s car. So long as there was a defect in the vehicle that caused the accident, any or all of the above parties could be held liable.
For further guidance on product liability claims involving defective vehicles, speak with a skilled Bradenton personal injury attorney at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.