While driver inattentiveness and negligence are the causes of many types of auto collisions, equipment failure and car defects are also prominent reasons for car accidents throughout Ontario. These matters can be highly complex, and a lawyer must understand how to examine the proper information in order to make a claim. Choosing an experienced lawyer will likely yield the best results for your situation.
Examining vehicle maintenance and equipment function is critical after an accident. When equipment fails on a vehicle, it is most often because there has been interference with certain mechanisms, or the equipment is not properly suited or optimal for that particular type of vehicle.
Notably, we recently handled a claim against a major automobile manufacturer involving injuries sustained from seat-back failure in an auto collision. We understand how to employ a vigorous investigation process on all auto accident cases involving car defects or equipment failure. Our lawyers have extensive experience in handling auto accidents cases that involve:
- Defective tires
- Defective airbags
- Defective seating clasp mechanisms
- Defective seat backs
- Defective seat belts
- Defective engines
- Defective signals (non-functioning lights)
- Defective brakes
Many times when you examine a vehicle after an accident caused by equipment failure, you can trace the cause of the collision back to inadequate maintenance. We will look at the vehicle maintenance records, look at the tread on the tires and determine whether or not the vehicle was properly maintained by the owner, or properly repaired by vehicle maintenance professionals when the car was serviced.
Manufacturing errors can also cause accidents. Many manufacturers contract out and subcontract the responsibility for manufacturing certain parts of their products. This may lead to a larger margin for error on the part of contractors or subcontractors who may not be following the proper steps or requirements specified by the manufacturer. For example, mechanisms and securing items may not have been properly tested to ensure that the device is optimal for that part of the vehicle.