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Auto Product Liability

Defective products in cars are a threat to everyone on the road

The thought that the brakes or tires on cars may fail suddenly and without warning is a terrifying. Tragically, this happens quite often as a result of defective car designs, shoddy manufacturing or mechanical errors. These incidents are not only a threat to your life but also to your family and other drivers.

If you believe your injuries were caused by defects in your car, you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, damages and other fees. The Law Offices of Robert G. Schock represents Californians who have been unjustly injured by defective products. Robert Schock has more than 30 years of experience representing accident victims.

Many people do not realize that their accidents were the result of mechanical failures

According to some estimates, 5 percent to 15 percent of car accidents are caused by various auto defects. It is very possible that your injuries from a collision or a fatal motor vehicle accident could have been prevented by a safety feature that did not operate properly. As a result, you may have a valid claim against a manufacturer or a maintenance person for the cost of your medical bills and other damages. It is very important to speak with an experienced attorney after any type of car accident. Our firm can review the circumstances surrounding the car accident to determine what options are right for you.

Companies often recall parts or cars because of defects

Large auto manufacturers frequently recall parts or products when they discover that they were defectively manufactured or dangerously designed to avoid product liability lawsuits. These recalls happen so often that it is difficult to keep track of them or even to be aware that they are happening. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, manufacturers recalled 20 million cars in 2010 and 15 million in 2011. Statistics revealed that the cars most plagued by defects are also some of the most popular cars on the road. The following examples occurred in 2011:

  • Honda Acura had 3.9 million vehicles recalled in 17 actions.
  • Toyota and Ford had 3. 5 million vehicles recalled in 13 actions each.
  • Chrysler had an industry high 22 recalls for 773,000 vehicles.
  • Dodge performed the best of American manufacturers, recalling only 500,000 vehicles that year.

With so many vehicles being recalled every year for defective parts, it is very possible that your accident involved parts that were defectively manufactured.

Contact us for a free initial consultation at our Oakland or Concord office

Defective car parts are more common than most people realize, and they are often a partial cause of injuries sustained in a car crash. If you have been a victim of a car accident, call the Law Offices of Robert G. Schock at (510) 839-7722 or contact us online to find out more about your options. Our offices are conveniently located in Oakland and Concord. Street and lot parking is available.