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Posted by Monica on Sep 1, 2014

Car Accidents

Included in the tasks that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA needs to enforce are reducing road accidents involving motor vehicles, preventing injuries (and untimely deaths) and saving lives. The NHTSA, an arm of the US Department of Transportation, embarks on this task partly by ensuring the compliance of all vehicle manufacturers with product standards on safety and excellence.

Thus, it is the prime obligation of car manufacturers to see to it that each car that leaves the manufacturing plant will never put any lives at risk by increasing the possibility of an accident due either to defect in design or defective parts. A very ideal premise, indeed; sadly, however, it ends up just as that – an ideal premise.

NHTSA’s records show that, in 2013, 22 million vehicles were recalled by more than 10 car manufacturers for reasons that included: defective air bags (some could deploy despite the vehicle not crashing); possibility of fire in the event of a rear-impact crash; possibility of gas to leak which increases risk of fire; and, defective tires, steering wheel, child seats, brake pads, wipers, seat belt and others. In 2012, the recalls reached nearly 16.4 million, while 10 years earlier, in 2004, vehicle recalls hit a high 30.8 million.

Recalls happen through confirmation of consumers’ complaints via an investigation initiated by the NHTSA, a voluntary recall by manufacturers after they, themselves, discover the defects, or through reports submitted by insurance companies either to the NHTSA or to the manufacturers of the models of cars that most frequently figure in accidents (as evidenced by the frequency of claims by various owners who own the same car models). Many times, though, recalls occur too late as some would have already suffered injuries and property damage before the defects come to be known. And no matter how one justifies the presence of defects, everything boils down to only one fact – an act of negligence on the part of the manufacturer.

A Racine car accident lawyer would be the best person to contact in the event of a road mishap. An expert in the stipulations of the tort law, this legal counsel would be able to help the victim file the necessary lawsuit that may enable him/her to receive (from the liable party) the compensation he is legally allowed to receive as cover for whatever damages that has arisen (and will arise) due to the accident.

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