After a serious car accident, many people will want to take action against the driver who struck them. But who can be held responsible if yours was the only car involved in the crash?
Many single-vehicle crashes in New Jersey are not caused by driver error, but by vehicle malfunction. The most common malfunctions that cause single-car accidents in New Jersey include:
- Defective driving components. Many drivers have suffered accidents due to malfunction in the basic components needed to drive the vehicle, such as steering wheels, tires, axles and transmissions.
- Electrical problems. Wiring problems in a vehicle can cause a number of issues, including unintended acceleration, sudden stalling due to defective ignition switches, and nighttime crashes caused by headlight malfunction.
- Design flaws. Some vehicles have the potential to cause an accident from the minute they were put onto paper. Past design failures include improper gas tank placement (leading to explosions) and lack of roll bars that increase the risk of crushed vehicles in a rollover crash.
- Defective safety equipment. Malfunctioning seat belts may fail to restrain victims during a crash, airbags may not deploy in time, and anti-lock brake systems may jam and fail to stop a car before a collision.
- Poorly-made add-ons. Many of the “optional” components of a vehicle are made by third-parties and added to the vehicle as needed. As a result, ill-fitting floor mats, cup holders, GPS systems, and even mirrors may break or shift, causing an accident.
If you suffered a serious injury due to a malfunctioning vehicle, Morristown car accident attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., can help you get compensation for your medical bills and lost income. Call (877) 360-0183 today to discuss your legal options in your FREE, one-on-one consultation.