Car Accidents Caused by Defective Automobiles

Tennessee personal injury attorneys safeguarding clients’ rights from offices in Nashville, Gallatin and Knoxville

The vast majority of auto accidents are caused by driver error, like speeding or texting while driving. Other accidents can be caused by a mechanical defect in the vehicle. The recent recalls of defective vehicles or parts are evidence of the auto makers trying to remedy the situation before an accident occurs.

The products liability attorneys at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm have experience helping our clients get justice when they have been injured in an auto accident caused by defective automobiles. From our law offices in Nashville, Gallatin and Knoxville, we put together aggressive strategies aimed at helping you obtain the compensation you need after a defective auto part caused your devastating car crash. We know the right expert witnesses to call on, and we know how to get justice for you.

Motor vehicle defects that can result in auto accidents

Sometimes there can be automotive defects that cause an auto accident, or they can contribute to the severity of the injuries when the collision occurs. When an accident investigation reveals that a crash was caused by defective parts, the injured parties may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer in a products liability lawsuit. Some examples of the more common defects that could cause an accident or contribute to injuries from the accident include:

  • Defective airbags. Takata, one of the largest manufacturers of airbags for automobiles, is in the midst of one of the largest auto parts recall in U.S. history. Their defective airbags have caused six deaths and several injuries because they deployed in low speed crashes and exploded with bits of shrapnel spraying the face and neck of the driver.
  • Unintended acceleration. Drivers experience a sudden acceleration of the vehicle without their foot being on the gas pedal and beyond the driver’s ability to control it.
  • Car roofs that collapse. Passenger vehicles are supposed to provide protection during a rollover accident. If a car roof buckles during a rollover accident the passengers inside can be injured far more severely.
  • Defective seat belts. We rely on seatbelts to protect us in a crash. If those belts are too loose, or come detached during impact, drivers and passengers are at risk of being thrown around the car or through the window.

You trust that when you get into your car it is going to protect you and your passengers as you travel from place to place. Auto manufacturers have a duty to make sure that the parts they put into vehicles work properly and will not cause harm or injury to the people driving and riding in those vehicles. These defective parts can make what might have otherwise been a relatively minor accident into a severe accident that results in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, musculoskeletal injuries and even death.

When you have been injured in an accident that was either caused by or made worse because of a defective auto part you may be able to file a products liability lawsuit to obtain compensation for your injuries and losses. RML has successfully represented people throughout Tennessee who were injured by defective products, securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.

Auto accident attorneys who will fight for your right to compensation after a crash

Our doors are always open to those who want a free consultation with a team of experienced personal injury attorneys serving clients throughout East Tennessee. At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm we are prepared to fight to protect your interests when your injuries were caused by a defective automobile. You are welcome to give us a call at 888.619.4765 to schedule a case review or complete our contact form right now. We are proud to serve clients from our offices in in Nashville, Gallatin and Knoxville.