Holding Manufacturers Responsible for Accidents
Cars are made up of many component parts, and only one part on a vehicle might fail. However, you typically have the option of suing both the manufacturer of the part as well as the manufacturer of the vehicle as a whole.
Imagine the airbags in your Toyota fail. You can bring a lawsuit against Toyota for manufacturing a defective car or you can sue the maker of the airbags, or both. By adding multiple defendants in this way, you might increase your chances of receiving full compensation for your injuries.
Building a Case against the Manufacturer
When you bought a car, you probably had no idea how to identify a defect. After an accident, you might have some better idea of what went wrong, but you still need to do your best to preserve evidence. We recommend that you not get your car fixed right away. Your lawyer will need to look at it to see if a defective part contributed to the crash, and if you fix the car then you have wiped out evidence.
Also, remember to write down your memories of what happened soon after the accident. For example, if the car suddenly sped up without you touching the gas pedal, then your lawyer will need to know that. Your memories of what happened can be a great starting point for investigating a vehicle for defects.
Also, remember to get insurance information from anyone else involved in the crash. It might turn out that your car isn’t defective at all, but you nevertheless have a valid claim against another motorist. Swap insurance information and personal details before leaving the scene of the crash.