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Phoenix T-Bone Accident Attorney

A t-bone accident happens when the front of a vehicle hits the side of another, thus forming a “T” shape at impact. These accidents frequently occur at intersections when a driver ignores a red light or stop sign and proceeds while another vehicle is also crossing the intersection. At Saavedra Law Firm, PLC, we have a professional t-bone accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ, who can handle your case and help you seek compensation for your injuries.

What Should I Do If a Defective Part in My Car Caused a T-bone accident?

When you get in your car, you expect it to work properly. Perhaps most specifically, you expect the braking and steering systems to respond to you in the ways they’re supposed to. You certainly don’t expect your brakes to fail, your steering to fail, your gas tank to explode, or one of your tires to blow out.

Unfortunately, however, cars don’t always live up to your very reasonable expectations. When something on yours fails and causes an accident, you have several options.

Product Liability

Product liability is the branch of law that holds manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers who make products available to the public responsible for any injuries those products cause. Your wisest course of action if you suspect that a defective part in your car caused your accident is to contact our experienced t-bone accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ.

Most product liability claims are brought under state law, so this is why you need the advice, counsel, and representation of an experienced local lawyer who knows the applicable laws of your state. Generally, you may be able to sue under one of the following negligence theories:

  • A design defect in the failed part that made it inherently dangerous from the beginning
  • A manufacturing defect that occurred during your car’s manufacture or assembly
  • A marketing defect, such as the failure to provide a comprehensive owner’s manual, adequate care and maintenance instructions, or appropriate safety warnings

Responsible Party

Product liability suits usually proceed within a res ipsa loquitur environment. Res ipsa loquitur is Latin for “the thing speaks for itself,” meaning that the very fact of the accident proves that someone other than you was at fault. You need not prove negligence. In fact, the burden of proof shifts to the defendant to prove that he or she was not negligent.

In terms of who you can sue, the possibilities include:

  • The company whose engineers designed the car
  • The manufacturer that assembled it
  • The supplier of the part
  • The dealership that sold the car
  • Any after-market supplier that installed the defective part on it
  • Any garage or mechanic that worked on the car after you bought it

Here again, at Saavedra Law Firm, PLC, our qualified t-bone accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ, can help determine who to sue based on his or her accident investigation, review of police reports, etc. If you were injured in the crash, they can also review your medical records and arrive at a reasonable estimate of the amount of damages, both economic and noneconomic, you can expect to recover.

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