If you’ve been the victim of an accident caused by a defective vehicle in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Plano, Grapevine and Irving, you could have a legal claim against the vehicle’s manufacturer. If an automobile manufacturer makes a defective vehicle, and the defect causes an accident, the manufacturer can be held liable.
Manufacturers can also be subjected to fines for failing to recall vehicles as quickly as they should. Earlier this month, Ford agreed to pay over $17 million in fines for failing to recall Ford Escape SUVs as quickly as they should have. The Ford Escapes had a flaw that caused the accelerators to stay depressed even after drivers removed their foot from it. The NHTSA opened an investigation and found that Ford may have known about the safety defect, but failed to tell customers or the federal government, which is illegal.
Sadly, it is often cheaper for car companies to keep quiet about dangerous defects and to pay any settlements that arise as a result of the problem than it is to recall thousands of vehicles. Therefore, automobile manufacturers may try to hide any evidence of a safety problem. There have been many cases in recent years in which car companies were forced to pay fines and judgments for failing to recall vehicles as quickly as they should have.
People who are injured as a result of a vehicle defect are entitled to compensation, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. They may even be entitled to punitive damages if the car manufacturer was found to have covered up the defect. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a dangerous problem with a vehicle, call the Dallas – Fort Worth defective vehicle attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.