If you have been injured in a car accident because of a design flaw or manufacturing defect, the statute of strict liability may apply to your personal injury claim. Strict liability allows consumers to seek compensation for their injuries without the need to prove negligence. For more information about automobile product liability, contact a Morgantown personal injury attorney.
The Car Recall Process
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sets the standards of safety required for cars and may issue recalls when a vehicle or car part poses a risk to the public.
Manufacturing defects may include:
- seat belts;
- steering components;
- acceleration controls;
- wiring systems;
- air bags;
- critical vehicle components;
- fuel system; and
- wheels and tires.
A vehicle recall may be initiated by the manufacturer or by NHTSA after an investigation of consumer complaints. When a car manufacturer recall has been issued, car makers must notify all registered owners by first-class mail and inform consumers of the potential safety risks. The car owner has the option to have the defect repaired or replaced free of charge or be issued a full refund for the purchase price of the vehicle.
When pursuing a personal injury claim against an auto maker, you should determine whether the vehicle had been subject to a recall. NHTSA provides an online tool that allows users to verify whether their car model has ever been involved in a vehicle recall.
Consulting with a Morgantown Personal Injury Attorney
Based in Clarksburg, The Miley Legal Group serves its clients in West Virginia in various practice areas, including personal injury claims for car accidents and defective products. Their team of lawyers will walk you through the legal process and provide frank and honest advice on how you should proceed with your case. Miley Legal will also provide counseling services to help you through this difficult time. For a free copy of The 7 Biggest Mistakes that Can Wreck Your West Virginia Car Accident Claim or to schedule a consultation, call 1-304-326-1800.