According to the NHTSA, 32,719 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013.

Automotive product liability in Kansas involves any form of known defect with the car, truck or SUV that results in a crash, injury or death. Cars, Trucks and SUVs with known defects or defective work that results in a crash or injury may qualify for a lawsuit to be filed for you or someone you know.

The laws regarding automotive products liability cases vary from state to state. Suing a car manufacturer involves many important steps, and the best time to take action and begin the process is as soon as possible after the accident happens.

Car Manufacturer Liability and Negligence
A products liability claim is usually based on one or more of the following causes of action:
  • Defective design
  • Manufacturing defect
  • Failure to warn

A case may succeed even when the vehicle was used incorrectly by the driver, as long as the incorrect use was foreseeable by the manufacturer (or other party in the manufacturer's supply chain.)

Negligence concepts include the following: negligence per se (manufacturer's violation of a law, regulation, etc.) and res ipsa loquitur (some form of conditional negligence.)

Examples of Automotive Products Liability Cases:
  • Defective restraint systems (defective seatbelts, etc.)
  • Defective tire design
  • Defective manufacturing design causing rollovers
  • Capacity, poor crash rating; crashworthiness
  • Structural defects in vehicle design
If you or someone you know in the Overland Park and Kansas City area, or anywhere in the midwest needs representation or legal advice from a team of experienced car accident lawyers, contact the attorneys at Hoffmeister Doherty & Webb LLC today. Know your rights before you sign away your rights to the insurance company.

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