Were You Injured Due To A Vehicle Defect?
Our attorneys hold negligent manufacturers accountable
Accidents happen. That's a fact of life on the roads in Jacksonville and throughout the surrounding communities. Of course, auto manufacturers know this, and they're required by law to make their vehicles as safe as possible given the available technology.
That technology has come a long way since the 1970s, when our law firm first started representing people injured in car accidents. Still, manufacturers often put profits ahead of safety, and those decisions can lead to serious injuries. When that happens, we hold them accountable.
The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic has obtained substantial settlements and verdicts in cases involving almost every major auto manufacturer in the nation, including Ford, Chrysler and GM. Some of our most notable cases involving defective vehicles include:
- $10.2 Million Verdict for Death from Explorer Roof Crush
- Multi-Million Recovery In Roll-Over Case
- 1 Old Spare Tire: 3 Deaths and 1 Quadriplegic
Taking on big companies that manufacture vehicles and vehicle parts isn't easy. It requires diligent research, significant resources and determination. That's why people throughout the Jacksonville area have trusted Pajcic & Pajcic to handle these difficult cases for decades.
Crashworthiness claims involve many factors. Our vehicle defect injury lawyers explain.
In general, vehicle defects can contribute to injuries in two ways. Some defects, such as issues with steering or brakes, make it more likely for an accident to happen in the first place. Others, such as defective seat belts and airbags, lead to more serious injuries when a crash does happen.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common safety-related auto defects are:
- Steering components that suddenly break or fail.
- Problems with fuel system components, particularly if they are susceptible to damage, that can cause leaks or fires.
- Gas pedals that may break or stick, causing a loss of vehicle control.
- Wheels that crack or break, again causing the loss of vehicle control.
- Engine cooling fan blades that break unexpectedly, which can injure people working on the vehicle.
- Windshield wiper assemblies that fail to operate effectively, which can lead to reduced visibility.
- Seats or seat backs that fail unexpectedly during normal use, causing injury to drivers or passengers.
- Wiring problems that result in a fire or loss of lighting.
- Air bags that deploy when they are not supposed to, or deploy in an unsafe manner that causes injury.
- Child safety seats that contain defective safety belts, buckles or components that create a risk of injury.
- Critical vehicle components (such as tires) that break, fall apart or separate from the vehicle, causing potential loss of vehicle control or injury to persons inside or outside the vehicle.
Injury cases involving defective vehicles fall under the legal area of product liability. In order to win a product liability lawsuit against an auto manufacturer, we need to show that the vehicle was improperly designed or poorly manufactured in a way that created a danger that led to your injuries, or that the manufacturer failed to adequately warn consumers of the danger.