Defective motor vehicles can be deadly, but is there even the slightest chance you could sue a giant car maker such as BMW?
It may be an airbag that fails to deploy in a crash, brakes that won’t listen, or a seat belt that won’t be released when you need to escape a car that burst into flames… These and many other car defects can cause life-threatening injuries or even lead to fatalities.
Although driving a car is considered to be relatively safe nowadays – largely thanks to all the cutting-edge technologies that make newer cars as safe as ever – defective motor vehicles are a prominent cause of car accidents in Los Angeles and in other parts of California.
Paul Walker’s daughter settles a wrongful death suit against Porsche
This was the case when famous Hollywood star Paul Walker died in a fatal car accident in 2013. The Fast and Furious actor’s daughter, Meadow Walker, has recently settled a wrongful death suit she filed against Porsche.
Although the exact amount of the settlement is unknown, it’s safe to assume that a high-profile case like this would entail a costly settlement, especially considering that this is Porsche we’re talking about.
According to a Los Angeles Times report, Walker’s daughter filed the wrongful death lawsuit back in 2015, alleging that her father had initially survived the car crash, but died because his seat belt couldn’t be released to escape his Porsche’s 2005 Carrera GT that burst into flames after the collision.
Meadow’s attorneys have previously alleged that the car Paul Walker was driving was not designed to protect its driver and passengers in a car accident.
Do you need to be a celebrity to win a defective motor vehicle claim?
While one may think that only famous people can obtain hefty compensations for their injuries, losses and damages in defective motor vehicle lawsuits against carmakers, it’s not entirely true.
When it comes to lawsuits and settlements, the only real difference between celebrities and mere mortals is their legal representation. And that is attorneys.
And while celebrities usually hire attorneys that no mere mortal could afford, you don’t necessarily have to hire attorneys that charge millions of dollars for their services. Seeking the legal advice from a qualified and experienced attorney at a reputable law firm is more than enough to win a defective motor vehicle claim.
One such law firm in Los Angeles is the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, which has successfully represented both celebrities and non-celebrities and has been equally effective at obtaining compensation for both in the past over 35 years.
How to file a claim against a car maker for defective vehicles?
Whether you were injured or your family member(s) died in a car accident due to defective vehicles in Los Angeles or elsewhere in California, you may hold the vehicle manufacturer accountable for your injuries, damages and losses.
Although defective motor vehicle lawsuits may be difficult to litigate and require a few months or even years to reach a settlement, you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and capability as well as loss of consortium (if your family member died in such a car crash).
Depending on the circumstances of your particular case, you may identify several defendants before filing a defective vehicle and product liability claim. This process may be confusing, which is why it’s advised to seek the legal advice of a Los Angeles products liability attorney to pull all the required records (car dealership, auto supply shop, shipping company, used car dealer, etc.).
Consult our motor vehicle lawyer in Los Angeles today to get a free initial consultation. Call the Los Angeles Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg at 310-997-0904 or fill out this contact form to launch an independent investigation.