Auto defects are responsible for a number of auto accidents, many of which result in injuries or even deaths. Auto manufacturers, designers, engineers, and dealers are all obligated to ensure that vehicles are safe and free from defects. If they become aware of an auto defect, they are required to notify the public of the defect and repair the defect. The failure to do so can result in liability for any injuries or deaths that occur as a result of the auto defect.
At Cogan & Power, P.C., our Chicago product liability attorneys focus on representing the victims of dangerous and defective products, including auto defects. As dedicated accident and injury attorneys, we are committed to preserving the rights of our clients, protecting their best interests, and obtaining a favorable verdict or settlement on their behalf.
Product liability law holds anyone along a product’s supply chain – including automobile designers, engineers, manufacturers, distributors, and dealers – liable for injuries and damages sustained as a result of a dangerous or defective product. Product liability lawsuits can be brought based on design defects, manufacturing defects, or marketing defects.
In Illinois, strict liability laws apply to auto manufacturers and dealers and they can be held liable for injuries caused by defective automobiles if (1) the product was defective and unreasonably dangerous for its intended purpose; (2) the defect existed when the product left the vehicle manufacturer; and (3) the defective vehicle caused the plaintiff’s injury.
Auto defects occur in a number of ways, and happen for a number of different reasons. Some of the most common types of auto defects include:
If you were injured in an auto accident caused by an auto defect, you should promptly seek necessary medical attention. You should also obtain and retain as much information as possible regarding the accident, including the police report, witness information, and the other driver’s information.
You should also consult with a skilled product liability attorney like the Chicago auto defect lawyers at Cogan & Power about a possible legal action against the auto manufacturer and/or any negligent motorists. It is important to act quickly to protect your legal rights, assemble relevant evidence, and comply with applicable statutes of limitations.
If you were injured as a result of an auto defect, contact the Chicago product liability attorneys at Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible product liability claim. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.