Gas Pedal Malfunctions
Many different makes and models of passenger vehicles over the years have caused accidents and injuries due to gas pedal defects and malfunctions. Some of these malfunctions can include:
- The gas pedal sticking;
- Unintentional acceleration,
- Gas pedals that can bend, crack, or break;
- Electrical malfunctions.
Any of these malfunctions can cause a driver to completely lose control and crash. Imagine driving at highway speeds in traffic and suddenly your vehicle begins to accelerate faster beyond your control. In such a situation, the best course of action to try to keep yourself safe is to remain calm (which is easier said than done), keep your foot on the brake, and try to get the car into neutral so you can bring it to a stop. Unfortunately, many drivers either do not know how to react or are unable to take these steps before they crash.
Holding The Manufacturer Liable
Even more serious is when a company knew of a possible dangerous defect and continued to sell the vehicles knowing they could cause injury. If a company learns of a possible defect, it should issue a timely recall for all affected vehicles. If it fails to do so, it may increase the liability the company faces for any injuries and collisions that occurred.
In order to hold the manufacturer liable, you must prove one of the following:
- The gas pedal was defectively designed and every pedal from the design is likely faulty;
- The gas pedal was improperly assembled, so likely only that batch of pedals or vehicles is faulty;
- The company knew of the risks of a particular gas pedal and failed to warn drivers of those risks.
In many cases, determining exactly how the company was negligent can be complex and technical, especially if there has not yet been a recall issued regarding your make and model of vehicle. On the other hand, if there are already cases involving the gas pedal on your particular type of car, the procedures for seeking compensation will be different. In either situation, you want an attorney on your side who understands the legal issues in your case.
Contact a Portland Gas Pedal Defects Lawyer
If you have been injured in a car crash because your gas pedal was defective, you are likely facing a long road to recovery as well as emotional distress from your traumatic experience. If you lost a loved because of a malfunctioning gas pedal, you are likely overcome with grief, anger, and the desire for justice. In either situation, the dedicated personal injury lawyers at the Johnston Law Firm are here to help you. We understand how devastating accidents can be when caused by defective cars and we are determined to hold manufacturers accountable. We have the resources needed to take on large corporations in court to protect your rights. Please call our office today at (503) 546-3167 to discuss your case for free.
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