Defective Auto Product FAQs

Common Questions And Answers About Dangerous And Defective Products

Our team of exceptional trial attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP handles matters involving serious personal injury throughout the United States. Below are frequently asked product liability questions and answers from our lawyers.

If you have additional questions about product liability, dangerous products or defective products, contact our office online today or at 800-213-5343 to schedule a free consultation.

Q: What is "product liability"?

A: When a company manufactures a product that is defective or unreasonably dangerous, that manufacturer is responsible for the consequences. For instance, if a tire company makes a tire that comes apart on the highway, causing a wreck that injures the driver, the tire company is responsible for the driver's injury because the dangerous tire caused those injuries. "Product liability" is the legal phrase for the concept that a manufacturer is "liable" for damage caused by its "products."

Q: How do I know if I have a product liability case?

A: It is often hard to tell. Often, vehicles or other products contain dangerous defects that can only be spotted by a trained eye. For that reason, if you or someone you know has been seriously injured in connection with a product-in a car wreck, for instance-you should check with a knowledgeable lawyer to determine whether your injuries were caused by a failure of a product. Attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP can be reached at 800-213-5343 or through our web portal here.

Identifying a product liability case is often difficult because in a car wreck, some people confuse injuries caused by an initial collision with injuries caused by the failure of the product. For example, Chrysler manufactured thousands of Jeep SUVs with gas tanks mounted right next to the rear bumper, where the tanks could rupture and catch fire after a rearend collision. When another vehicle rearends one of these Jeeps and a fire results, some people mistakenly blame the driver who accidentally hit the Jeep for the fire. In fact, although the other driver may be responsible for the initial collision, the fire would never have occurred if Chrysler had not placed the gas tank in such an obviously dangerous place-right next to the rear bumper. If someone was killed or injured by the fire, that person or his relatives could have a product liability case.

Q: What kinds of product liability cases are there?

A: When a defective or unreasonably dangerous product causes injuries or damages, a potential product liability case exists. For instance, when tires blow out and cause wrecks, or when vehicles catch fire following a collision, product liability cases may exist. Product liability cases often involve vehicles or their components, but not always. Attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP have handled or investigated product liability cases involving vehicle rollovers, defective vehicle seats, sudden unintended acceleration, tractors, ladders, and other products.

Q: What should I do if I have a product liability case?

A: First, preserve the evidence. Second, consult a good lawyer.

Preserving the evidence is crucial because bringing a product liability case is very difficult if the original product that caused the wreck is not available. In a vehicle or tire case, that means that the first thing that you should do is to preserve the vehicle or tire. Do not let the insurance company, or any other entity, take the vehicle or tire away. In the case of a tire blowout, an investigator should pick up and save the pieces of the tire that remain on the roadway. Without the unsafe vehicle or tire that caused the injuries, your case could be over before it starts.

Consulting a good lawyer is equally important because, frankly, product liability cases are tough. The attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP regularly litigate against the world's biggest corporations, such as General Motors, Chrysler, Michelin, and Cooper. These defendants are powerful, and they have lots of practice defending their dangerous products in court. Winning against them takes determination, skill, and experience. Butler Wooten & Peak LLP has taken on these companies time and time again, and we have won. If you have a product liability case, contact us at 800-213-5343 or through our web portal here.