South Carolina Automobile Defect Lawyers Explain Product Liability and Negligence
Skilled attorneys holding car manufacturers accountable for faulty design and defective products
Consumers have the right to demand that the vehicle they purchase will operate safely. Many cars and other vehicles, unfortunately, are not designed or made properly. Some of the vehicles may be recalled for repairs, but often cars malfunction without any recall. Some examples of car defects that can cause serious injuries are SUVs that roll over, cars that have faulty steering mechanisms, or automobiles with faulty brake systems.
There are many reasons a car may not work properly. The South Carolina automobile defect attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder understand what evidence is needed to prove liability. We work with reconstruction experts and product design engineers to determine how and why the accident happened. Our lawyers are skilled with product liability laws which favor injured consumers, even if the consumer cannot prove exactly why the accident happened.
Types of automobile defect cases
A South Carolina automobile defect attorney at our firm knows the main reasons why cars can be dangerous before they leave the showroom. One reason is poor design. Before building a car, there has to be a design plan on how the car is to be manufactured. When the company designing the car does not design a part of the car correctly, our firm holds the manufacturer and others accountable.
Another cause is improper manufacturing. The design may be solid but the car might still be dangerous because of faulty procedures used during the manufacturing process or the installation of inadequate parts. Perhaps certain parts were installed incorrectly or plant workers cut corners to time or money.
Who is responsible when a car is defective?
In vehicle accident cases, it is essential to identify each and every defendant that is responsible. In product liability cases, such as faulty car design or manufacturer, there are many possible defendants. Our South Carolina automobile defect attorneys begin by reviewing every business involved in the chain of distribution of the car. The businesses that can be held responsible for an automotive defect include:
- The car manufacturer
- The parts manufacturer
- The car dealership
- Any car supply shops
- Any middlemen
- Used car dealers
The key to automobile defect cases
Automobile defect cases are more formally known as product liability cases. The key advantage of a product liability case over a negligence case is that it is not necessary for the plaintiff to prove fault. The key tasks our lawyers need to prove are that there was an automobile defect at the time of the accident and that the defect caused our client’s injuries. Once those two facts are proved the burden then shifts to the defendant to show it was not negligent. A South Carolina automobile defect attorney at our firm understands that this key shift can mean the difference between winning and losing.
We work with engineers and other professionals to show that the automobile did have a defect at the time of the accident. We work with these same professionals and medical professionals to show the defect was the cause of our client’s injuries.
Call a South Carolina automobile defect attorney to get compensation for your bills and suffering
You purchase a car on the reasonable assumption that all the parts will work. When the brakes fail, the steering does not work, or anything goes wrong with the car; you may have a legal claim against the companies involved in making or selling the car. The lawyers at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, understand how to show a car was defective. We have a proven track record of success in automobile defect cases. Our lawyers are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results. Your automobile defect case matters to us. Let us help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, today. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by a South Carolina automobile defect attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device. We proudly serve people throughout South Carolina from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.