Las Vegas Product Liability Lawyers Explain Transmission Problems
When you buy a car, you expect that the vehicle will operate as intended and you have the right to assume there are no defects in the vehicle that put you at risk of an accident. Unfortunately, there have been many instances in recent years where cars have turned out to be defective but have been sold to consumers. In fact, there have been a record number of vehicle recalls over the past few years, and many cars had to be recalled because serious or even fatal accidents occurred due to problems with the vehicles.
While there have been lots of different types of problems with vehicles that have caused harm, some of the most serious risks to motorists have resulted from auto transmission safety defects. When car transmissions fail to work properly, cars can behave in unexpected ways and victims could become involved in accidents that cause serious or even fatal injuries.
Car manufacturers should be held accountable when there are auto transmission safety defects that cause motorists to suffer economic or non-financial loss. If you or someone you love was hurt or killed because of a problem with auto transmission safety, you should reach out to a Zachary D. Clayton, Esq. at LV Personal Injury Lawyers today. Our product liability lawyers know what it takes to hold carmakers responsible for problems with vehicles and we can put our skills to work on your behalf to help you fight for full and fair compensation for damages.
It will be up to you to take action against the carmaker and to prove that the auto transmission safety problem was the direct cause of harm you experienced, and our legal team will be by your side at every step as you make your claim for damages. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can help you.
Accidents Caused by Auto Transmission Safety Defects
In recent years, numerous car makers have had to recall vehicles as a result of transmission problems. For example, Ford vehicles failed to hold in a park, causing accidents to occur. Nissan vehicles also experienced transmission failures as a result of internal cracks. And, in some cases, automatic transmissions have failed entirely.
When a vehicle changes gears or slips from park to drive, a motorist isn’t in control of the vehicle and serious or even fatal collisions could occur because of the problems with the transmission.
When are Manufacturers Held Responsible for Auto Transmission Safety Defects in Nevada?
If a transmission safety defect occurs, the car manufacturer and other responsible for the defective part could potentially be held legally liable for any accident that occurs. Victims do not need to prove negligence on the part of the carmaker under Nevada’s product liability laws.
That’s because car manufacturers and other product makers and distributors are subject to strict liability rules. Under strict liability rules, those responsible for getting a defective vehicle into the hands of a consumer can be held liable if the consumer is hurt when using the product as intended.
While victims injured in other kinds of accident cases need to specifically prove that the defendant was unreasonably careless to make a personal injury claim successfully, this is not necessary in product liability cases.
Victims do, however, have to show they were harmed as a direct cause of the defect. For example, they could show an accident happened specifically because of a problem with the vehicle’s transmission.
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Victims could also successfully pursue a claim if they can prove the transmission safety problem was caused by a negligent design or negligence in manufacturing or if they can show that the manufacturer knew of a problem with the transmission and failed to provide adequate warning to consumers.
It’s common for victims to have multiple arguments to make in legal cases in order to maximize their chances of holding carmakers accountable for problems.
Compensation for Injuries Caused by Auto Transmission Safety Defects
Victims should be entitled to economic and compensatory damages that they experience due to auto transmission safety defects. This means that a victim should be compensated for actual financial loss due to medical expenditures and wage loss. Victims should also be compensated for non-economic loss including pain and discomfort experienced due to the accident and injuries, or emotional distress resulting from the accident.
If auto transmission safety defects caused a fatal accident, surviving family members of those killed in a collision should be entitled to receive wrongful death damages such as loss of wages and loss of companionship.
In many circumstances, when there are auto transmission problems, many consumers are affected. As a result, class action lawsuits are common. These occur when many plaintiffs affected by the same problem with an automobile all join together in one big case against the carmaker.
Before joining a class action, you should discuss the pros and cons with an experienced attorney. Zachary D. Clayton can help you to decide if you should pursue an independent claim for damages or become part of mass tort litigation so you can gain compensation potentially without having to go to Las Vegas court on your own or negotiate a settlement independently.
Getting Help From Defective Product Attorneys
LV Personal Injury Lawyers can represent you if your vehicle experiences a transmission problem. We can provide representation in individual claims in court, can help you to negotiate a settlement with automakers, or can provide you with assistance in pursuing a claim from the product manufacturer.
We have helped many motorists in cases where transmission defects caused accidents to occur and we will put our extensive legal experience to work on your case. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you.