AUTO DEFECTS


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Auto technology evolves each year, and car makers make it a priority to provide new components that make their model stand out. Marketability of a new vehicle, however, may take precedence over safety in some cases. Just because a new car has a groundbreaking collision avoidance system doesn’t mean it is ultimately a safer vehicle. In fact, a number of safety issues have been reported with defective new car software.

Defective cars and auto components cause a great number of auto accidents and subsequent injuries each year in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) works to issue recalls after accidents and auto defects are reported, however, defective automobiles are on the road at all times, endangering motorists and passengers.

Consumer Safety Attorneys and your auto defect lawyer can assist in trying to hold car manufacturers responsible for the damage and harm of an auto accident, and recover rightful compensation following a preventable injury.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Auto Defect Lawyer and Product Liability Attorney reviews auto accident cases and related defective car parts for plaintiffs nationwide. 

The Lyon Firm works with automotive engineers and Accident Investigators to determine the root cause of accidents and specific auto defects. Lawsuits can recover rightful compensation for plaintiffs. 


Defective Auto Parts & Auto Recalls


Auto recalls are issued regularly after road accidents and injuries have already taken their toll on consumers and motorists. Thousands of recalls are announced each year, though can involve defective cars that have been on the road for many years already. Cars may be recalled but defective auto parts may be all too common on America’s roads. Common auto defects include:

  • Seat Back Collapse–When a seat collapses, the seat belts will also fail, and passengers in the rear may be crushed.
  • Airbag Defects–There have been a number of huge airbag recalls in recent years, due to faulty airbags that fail to deploy or deploy without any collision. Takata airbags have been part of the largest auto recall in history.
  • Defective Wipers–Functioning wipers may be taken for granted, but when windshield wipers fail to work properly, a small bit of rain can turn into a very dangerous situation.
  • Defective Brakes–Braking malfunction have affected a wide range vehicles, and can be particularly deadly. Brake defect recalls have been issued in recent years.
  • Defective Software–In the modern era, automobiles are built with computer software that controls most of the vehicle. This can be convenient, but when auto software is defective, major safety components of the car might fail.
  • Suspension Defects–Suspension defects have led to rollaway accidents and serious injury.
  • Car Jack Defects–Crush injuries have been reported when car jacks fail to hold the weight they are meant to. Design defects and poor materials have been implicated in many auto defect lawsuits.
  • Window Defects–Power window defects can lead to a variety of hand crush injury and children have reportedly had their head and neck caught in defective power windows.
  • Defective Fuel System–Fires and car explosions are not as uncommon as one might think. Trucks, busses and cars have all been involved in fire accidents that have proved exceedingly dangerous.
  • Throttle Defects (leading to unintended acceleration)–Throttle defects have been a target for auto defect litigation as sudden acceleration cases have popped up across the country. The NHTSA has linked a number of accidents and deaths to throttle issues, though car manufacturers have denied responsibility. Motorists report throttles being stuck and vehicles accelerating as they attempt to apply the brakes.
  • Tire malfunction–Tire blowouts and tire failure are one of the most common auto defects seen in the auto industry. Almost weekly, there is another tire recall. Tread separation lawsuits have been filed on behalf of injured plaintiffs.
  • Car seat defects–Children’s products are not always tested properly and defective child car seats have been released to the public with shocking results.
  • Defective Cruise Control–Cars have been stuck in cruise control and auto software defects have increased the risks of auto accidents.
  • Collision Avoidance Defects–With new technology comes new safety issues. Not all collision avoidance systems work as intended and motorists pay the consequences. Defective auto software cases are piling up and automakers have a duty to produce safer technology.

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Cincinnati Auto Defect Lawyer


Following a serious car accident related to defective automobiles or auto components, a plaintiffs has the right to take legal action and seek compensation for those liable for injuries sustained. The Lyon Firm has years of experience engaging car manufacturers after an auto defect has been discovered.

The Lyon Firm is dedicated to protecting the consumer and holding large corporations accountable for their negligence. Joe Lyon can help recover expenses related to medical costs and long-term disability, as well as seek punitive damages to ensure America’s roads are safer into the future.

Auto defects are very common causes of road accidents and injuries. Each year millions of cars and other vehicles are recalled due to faulty parts that increase the risk of accidents and deaths.The Lyon Firm works with industry experts to ensure that when an automotive defect or a recalled vehicle leads to an injury, the plaintiffs receive compensation.


Crashworthiness Doctrine


The Ohio crashworthiness doctrine or “second collision” doctrine takes into account injuries that occur in automotive accidents where the occupant of the car sustained injuries that could have been prevented or would have been less severe had the vehicle been designed differently.

Crashworthiness cases involve seat belt defects, air bag defects, as well as structural aspects of the car that failed to provide sufficient survival space or protection to the injured occupant. Without the crashworthiness doctrine, an automotive manufacturer would simply be able to point to another cause of the accident as the sole proximate cause and not absorb any liability for a poorly designed restraint system.

In Leichtamer v. American Motors Corp., the plaintiff argued that the jeep was defective in design due to the materials used in the roll bar. Plaintiffs presented evidence that had the design utilized stronger materials, the roll bar would not have collapsed in the roll over accident, and the occupants would have suffered less severe injuries.

The Lyon Firm has the resources and knowledge to work alongside design and bio-mechanical engineering, accident reconstruction, human factors, pathology and other medical experts determine the root cause of the death and to develop the compelling evidence  to present the highest quality evidence and arguments on behalf of the injured party and the family. 

 

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Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.

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Questions about Personal Injury Cases

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Any kind of negligence by an individual or company that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.

Personal injury attorneys generally only will take cases on a confidential and contingency fee basis, which means your lawyer will only get paid if he or she is able to reach a settlement or positive verdict. The Lyon Firm will review your case for free and assess what compensation any plaintiff can expect through litigation.

Personal Injury cases can range from minor auto accidents to complex lawsuits filed against large corporations. The Lyon Firm has handled both with equal care. Severe injury requires legal action on occasion, no matter if the injury is the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a boating accident, workplace injury, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, or toxic exposure.

What is the Process?

Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses.  Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.

Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations.  Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.

Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.

Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.

In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.

Has My Car Been Recalled?

Consumers can follow recall news or search for current and past recalls on the Web sites of the NHTSA, as well as on other car safety advocate outlets. Look on your car windshield for a 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. Your VIN is also located on your car’s registration card.

If your car has been recalled and you have suffered an injury, contact an auto defect attorney to investigate a potential claim

Can I File an Auto Defect Lawsuit?

You may not be aware that your car is defective. It is not always obvious when your seat belt or other safety component fails to function as intended. It can take an expert in auto engineering to determine what contributed to an accident or injury.

You can contact The Lyon Firm, and we will work diligently to review your auto accident case. If an auto defect was in part responsible for an auto injury, a lawsuit can be filed and a large settlement is likely.

If negligent manufacturers and automakers are directly responsible for an auto-related injury, a product liability and personal injury lawsuit may be filed and compensation may be recovered for accident victims. Plaintiffs may seek compensation that may include property damages, past and future medical expenses, lost wages and future earnings, and pain and suffering.

The Lyon Firm takes pride in representing consumers to make America’s roads safer by holding negligent auto manufacturers accountable for auto defects that lead to accidents and injuries. When car makers fail to institute basic safety measures and fail to test auto components before releasing cars tot he public, they may be targeted in product liability lawsuits.

Did an Auto Defect Cause my Accident?

Auto defects have been known to cause accidents in tire failure, tread separation accidents, brake malfunction and sudden acceleration cases.

Auto defects may not cause every accident, but they can play an integral part in causing injury in the event of an accident. This is common in defective seat back collapse, seat belt defects and airbag defects. When these crucial safety features fail to function as they were intended.

Who is Responsible for Auto Defects?

Auto manufacturers and car makers can be held liable in auto defect lawsuits. Many automakers outsource some of their production and may not always be aware of some defects. Honda, for example, purchased all their defective airbags from Takata.

Some defective auto part suits name other defendants like negligent auto dealerships or auto repair shops who alter car parts or fail to properly repair automobiles and leave a serious safety risk.

What Cars are Defective?

The list of defective automobiles changes each year, and it is more likely that certain components are defective rather than an entire brand name. Nowadays many car makers use the same third-party suppliers, which compounds safety issues when a defective auto part is produced.

What are the Most common Auto Defects?

In recent years, the most common auto defects have been faulty airbags. Millions of cars were recalled for defective airbags. Other common auto defects are defective throttles, defective car software, and tire failures. Tire failure has been an issue in many car accidents and truck accidents.

Why Hire a Product Liability Attorney?

A Cincinnati Auto Defect Lawyer can assist in not only reviewing your accident and injury case, but is able to hold large corporations accountable for the negligent actions in releasing unsafe products to the public.

Auto companies must be held liable in order to keep the roads safe in America. So not only can The Lyon Firm seek compensation for injured plaintiffs, but we can file lawsuits to punish car makers for failing to properly test their auto parts before they are sold to the public.

When car makers fail to produce reliable cars and fail to provide basic road safety features, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and product liability attorneys can hold them responsible and help mitigate injuries and future damages.

The majority of accidents and injuries on the road are preventable, but defective auto design and manufacturing defects may leave victims with huge medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and, in many cases, permanent injuries.

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The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 

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WRONGFUL DEATH: DISTRACTED DRIVER

(Brown County, Kentucky):   The Lyon Firm was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.

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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

(Cincinnati, Ohio):  The Lyon Firm was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. This case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.

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