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What to do when auto defects cause serious injury or death

Pennsylvania residents expect their vehicles to be manufactured in accordance with current safety standards. That means that they should be free of defects that could cause serious injury or death. Sadly, not all vehicles or their parts are correctly manufactured, and numerous accidents each year are attributable to auto defects.

For example, it would be a challenge to find a Pennsylvania resident who has not heard about the millions of vehicles that had to be recalled due to defective airbags. Another example is those vehicles that were recalled due to faulty ignition switches. Even tires have been recalled because they would fall apart while vehicles are in operation. These are just some of the auto parts that have led to recalls in recent years.

Recalls do save lives, but they are often prompted by reports of accidents attributed to a faulty part. In addition, victims can suffer injuries or death before news of a recall reaches them. An undetected auto defect can turn a seemingly minor accident into a fatal one. Manufacturers, distributors and others could be held liable through the litigation of a personal injury or wrongful death claim in a civil court.

In many cases, the first issue that is investigated is whether someone else was at fault for the accident itself. However, even when the accident only involved one vehicle or was initially considered your fault, if auto defects contributed to or caused the crash, you might still be entitled to restitution. Successfully establishing through appropriate evidence that the defect was the responsibility of another party could result in an award of damages to help defray the financial losses incurred in the aftermath of an accident.

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