Defective Vehicles

Cincinnati Car Accident Attorney

Defective vehicles causing injuries will typically fall under product liability. Some defects can cause accidents while others cause injuries to be worse in the event of a car accident. There are some defects which can do both, such as faulty airbags which deploy when there is no crash leading to an accident and then failing to provide protection. If you believe that a defective vehicle contributed to your injuries, please talk to a Cincinnati car accident attorney today.

Defects Which Cause Accidents

Mechanical malfunction, sensor or computer malfunction, and design flaws can all lead to an accident. Some common defects which cause accidents include:

  • Faulty tires
  • Faulty acceleration systems, including defects which cause unintended acceleration
  • Defective brake systems
  • Defective suspension
  • Faulty steering system
  • Sensor defects which cause the vehicle to respond and behave inappropriately
  • High rollover risk due to defective design, such as high center of gravity

Defects Which Make Injuries Worse in The Event of an Accident

Some types of vehicle defects do not cause accidents but can cause injuries or cause the injuries incurred in the event of an accident to be more severe. This type of defect is often referred to as a crashworthiness defect. Injuries caused by crashworthiness defects which did not cause the accident make the case more complicated since fault for your accident and fault for your injuries are not one in the same. Examples of crashworthiness defects include:

  • Defective seat belts
  • Defective air bags
  • Faulty or poorly designed fuel systems
  • Poor roof crush resistance
  • Defective door latches
  • Defective door locks
  • Defective seats

Under the right circumstances, crashworthiness defects can cause an accident. For instance, a defective door latch can cause a passenger to be thrown from the vehicle when the door flies open during a turn or while braking. A defective seat can launch the driver while braking, causing a crash.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in the Greater Cincinnati area, please call Cincinnati car accident attorney Anthony Castelli or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation with our car accident attorney is free, and if we agree to represent you, we will work for a contingent fee, which means we won’t get paid for our services unless you receive a settlement or an award. In Ohio, a car accident lawsuit must be filed before the expiration of the statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.