Airbag Deployment Malfunctions: Who is Responsible?
Before you buy a car, you likely spend some time researching your options so you can find a car that is not only reliable, but also safe. You might look at overall crash test ratings, or you might look at the inclusion of certain safety features, such as airbags, anti-lock brakes, or advanced camera monitoring. You expect to rely on these things if you are even in an accident or have a close call.
So what happens if you are injured in an accident because your airbag failed to deploy? Who is responsible? A Mesa injury attorney can help you get to the bottom of that and can help you to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
The most likely party to be responsible if your airbag does not deploy in an accident is the vehicle manufacturer. The manufacturer had a responsibility to create high-quality parts and a sound design before making the automobile for sale. The manufacturer also had a responsibility to test the vehicle to ensure that all parts worked properly and that the safety equipment provided adequate protection.
Sometimes, a common problem emerges for a particular make and model. Sometimes, the problem is particular to the vehicle. Both should have been caught in quality control testing. Your injury attorney in Glendale will investigate the evidence and call in experts or even a private investigator to help determine if a manufacturing defect or negligence was to blame for the air bag’s failure.
Perhaps you knew that there was a problem with the airbag, either because of a previous incident or because you got a notice from the manufacturer about a defect. So, you took the vehicle to a mechanic to have the airbag replaced or repaired. Then, you got into an accident and the airbag still did not deploy.
You may be able to sue the mechanic for negligence in that scenario. Again, your attorney would work with investigators and experts to determine if the mechanic was, indeed, to blame. You will also need that evidence in court if your personal injury lawsuit is to succeed.
Other Parties Who May be Liable in Your Accident
There may be other parties you can hold liable in your personal injury lawsuit. Primarily, you may sue the other driver and the driver’s insurance company if the accident was the fault of the other driver. You may not think that you have a lawsuit since the other driver’s insurance company is likely to pay for your damages or offer you a settlement. However, the insurance company is likely to offer you much less than what you deserve.
Your Glendale personal injury attorney will look at all the facts in the case and pursue compensation from all the negligible parties. Your attorney will attempt to negotiate with the insurance company and other liable parties directly to get you a fair settlement for your injuries, the damage to your property, and other losses you suffered in the accident. However, if your attorney cannot get what you deserve through negotiation, your attorney will bring a personal injury lawsuit to trial.
Nothing is ever just an accident. You got into an accident because someone made a mistake. Your airbag did not deploy and protect you as it should have because someone made a mistake in manufacturing, quality testing, or repair. Personal injury attorneys in Mesa know how to get to the bottom of who is liable for your accident and to get the evidence needed to get you the settlement you deserve. It is essential that you talk to a Mesa injury attorney after your accident to learn about your rights and your legal options.
Call Mesa Injury Lawyers today if you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault. Our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping you get the full compensation that you deserve for all that you have suffered because of the accident, including your physical and mental pain, time lost from work, medical bills, and more. Our personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to put together all the evidence to make the strongest claim possible for you. Call us in Mesa today to speak to one of our auto accident injury attorneys about your accident and your legal options.