Negligent drivers are often to blame for car crashes, whether it is a relatively minor fender bender or a multicar pileup on a busy highway. Still, defective automobiles and parts can also pose significant safety hazards to everyone on the road.
At Mansfield Melancon, our Louisiana car accident lawyers help people get back on their feet after an accident by fighting to get them the full compensation available under the law. Whether the crash was caused by an auto defect or an irresponsible driver, we have a strong track record of success for the people we represent. Our attorneys work diligently to resolve many of these cases without long court battles while standing ready to go to trial when needed.
We pride ourselves in offering comprehensive and personalized legal services to clients in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and across the state. Our lawyers take the time to understand each individual client’s unique situation. We also make ourselves directly available to clients day and night. Unlike other firms, you will not have to go through layers of assistants and paralegals to speak with your attorney at Mansfield Melancon.
Liability for Defective Cars
Federal and state laws generally require car manufacturers to make vehicles that are reasonably safe for use. A manufacturer who does not live up to this responsibility is likely to be liable for any injuries that occur as a result of defects.
There are generally two types of defects:
- Design defects: Flaws in the plan or concept of a car run the gamut, from which airbags to use to how the fuel tank should work. They happen before the manufacturer begins physically building the vehicle.
- Manufacturing defects: These defects occur in the carrying out of the design when a car is manufactured and assembled in the factory.
Regardless of the type of defect, design and manufacturing flaws can be difficult to spot until long after a car leaves the factory floor.
To prove that a car manufacturer is legally liable for an accident, you first have to show that the vehicle was defective. You also have to prove that the defect caused the accident or made it worse and that you were injured in the crash. Under Louisiana’s comparative fault system, a driver who is partly to blame for a collision can still seek some money damages from a negligent manufacturer based on proportionate fault.
Injured in a Car Crash? Talk with a Louisiana Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a defective vehicle, the personal injury attorneys at Mansfield Melancon can help.
Our lawyers guide the people we represent through the legal process with experience and personal attention. We work diligently to resolve cases efficiently and on optimal terms for our clients.
Our offices are conveniently located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our Louisiana car accident lawyers. You can reach us at our New Orleans location at 504-500-1108, our Baton Rouge location at 225-612-0800, or our Lafayette location at 337-409-0003.