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New Vehicle Failure Causes Stall, then Crash

Posted on: February 28, 2017 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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There is an expectation that new equipment, in most circumstances, requires a certain resting period. During this time, you can expect to experience faults and glitches, which are normally rectified once the wheels have been suitably oiled through use. However, in the case of motor vehicles, no such romanticized notion exists. Unless you are talking about inconsequential functions failing, such as the CD player, new vehicle failure can result in serious injury or death. In almost 100% of cases, the owner of the vehicle is not at fault.

So, that means either the manufacturer or supplier is responsible – except in the rare occasions where someone else has tampered with the vehicle. However, given that every vehicle likely contains components which are supplied by other manufacturers, there is also a chance that fault lies with a specific manufacturer, rather than the vehicle manufacturer.

Who Caused My Crash?

Once you initiate legal proceedings, the potentially responsible parties will alert their legal teams. Each party will attempt to attribute blame anywhere else but at their own doorstep. As such, a lot of legal maneuvering will take place behind the scenes, as each representative attempts to apportion blame in a way that reduces the payout from their respective clients.

Dirty tricks include – but are not limited to – destroying evidence, bribing plaintiffs and witnesses, or attributing blame to another entity. While there are many businesses out there who operate under an ethos of integrity and honor, you cannot assume that all do.

What Can I Do when I have a New Vehicle Failure ?

New vehicle failures are complicated. The difference between whether it is an isolated incident, or one that is common with certain vehicles, is important. A personal injury lawyer will have knowledge of any ongoing litigation against certain suppliers or manufacturers. However, if it is an isolated incident, you are still in a good position to make a claim for compensation.

The first thing you should do is contact a personal injury lawyer. Evidence is crucial in determining liability in a new vehicle failure crash. In order to justify paying out on a claim, both parties must establish that it was the fault of the vehicle and not a result of the driver adjusting to a new vehicle.

If the vehicle is found to meet the stress test, liability then lies with either the driver or another party. Basically, you cannot pursue a claim on the basis that you weren’t comfortable driving the car. You need to provide proof that, due to its newness, the vehicle failed and caused your accident.

Who Can Represent You?

You can, of course, represent yourself in any negotiations or legal procedures. However, a personal injury lawyer, with the qualifications and experience to deal with cases involving new vehicle failure, will make sure you don’t get the short end of the stick.

In the state of Oklahoma, you won’t find any better representation that Edwards-Patterson. We have the experience and background to take on your case. Call, or visit our offices today, and we will do everything to ensure a new vehicle failure does not leave you in financial trouble for life.

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