If you believe your recent car accident occurred because of a defective steering mechanism, schedule a free consultation in Dallas today. We can help you explore your legal options as an injured consumer in Texas.
The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. is a team of Dallas, Texas personal injury attorneys who focus on product liability law and vehicle defects. Attorney Aaron Herbert is one of fewer than 2% of attorneys in Texas to have board certification in personal injury trial law. With more than 50 trials under his belt, Mr. Herbert is extremely experienced in his field and knows how to get the most for his clients.
Steering Mechanism Defects and Auto Manufacturer Liability
Steering mechanism defects can describe any issue within a vehicle’s steering system or rack that arises out of a flaw within its design, manufacture, distribution, or installation. When the manufacturing company makes design flaws, manufacturing mistakes, or otherwise fails to ensure the safety of its steering mechanisms, consumers can end up with faulty and dangerous products. This in turn can cause preventable car accidents, injuries, and deaths. Steering mechanism defects can include:
- Fluid leaks
- Contaminated fluid
- Temperature problems
- Bushing defects
- Jammed steering wheel lock
- Faulty hydraulics
- Linkage damage
- Faulty pump
Any defect that makes the steering column less reliable than it should be could be grounds for a lawsuit. The purpose of a product liability lawsuit is to hold the manufacturing company or other defendant legally responsible for the harms its defective or dangerous steering mechanism caused. It is also to give injured consumers an outlet for compensation to cover their accident-related expenses.
A successful lawsuit will not only penalize the negligent or careless manufacturing firm and shed light on its irresponsible habits but could also end in financial recovery for victims. Victims can use settlement or judgment awards from product liability lawsuits to pay for hefty medical bills and make up for lost wages from missed time at work. Victims might also receive additional payment for pain and suffering or punitive damages.
How to Prove Your Product Liability Claim
Your ability to recover from your auto accident hinges upon proving the required elements for your claim. These will depend on the basis of your lawsuit. In Texas, a consumer can base a product liability lawsuit on breach of warranty, strict liability, or negligence. Strict liability is the most common and does not require the plaintiff to prove negligence. To win recovery on the grounds of strict product liability, you would only have to show that the steering mechanism had a defect and that the defect caused your accident and injuries. You would not have to show that the defendant negligently caused the defect.
Gathering evidence to prove product liability can start as soon as the day of the crash. The more information victims can collect, the better. Strengthen your case by asking questions, taking photographs, and documenting details as soon as possible. Call the police and get the official report number. Then, talk to an attorney. An attorney can help you show that the steering mechanism had an unreasonably dangerous defect that caused your injury, and that the defect caused your injury while you were using your vehicle as intended.
The product liability lawyers at the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. have years of experience handling complex auto defect claims. We can help those who suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a car accident relating to steering mechanism flaws or defects. We work hard to secure the best possible results for our clients, with aggressive insurance settlement negotiation and skilled litigation. It’s our mission to stand up for wronged consumers in Texas. To discuss your individual auto defect case with an attorney, call (214) 200-4878 or go online today