Steering System Defects Attorney

Thursday, April 18, 2019

If you believe your recent car accident occurred because of a defective steering mechanism, schedule a free consultation in Dallas today. We can help you explore your legal options as an injured consumer in Texas.

The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. is a team of Dallas, Texas personal injury attorneys who focus on product liability law and vehicle defects. Attorney Aaron Herbert is one of fewer than 2% of attorneys in Texas to have board certification in personal injury trial law. With more than 50 trials under his belt, Mr. Herbert is extremely experienced in his field and knows how to get the most for his clients.

Steering Mechanism Defects and Auto Manufacturer Liability

Steering mechanism defects can describe any issue within a vehicle’s steering system or rack that arises out of a flaw within its design, manufacture, distribution, or installation. When the manufacturing company makes design flaws, manufacturing mistakes, or otherwise fails to ensure the safety of its steering mechanisms, consumers can end up with faulty and dangerous products. This in turn can cause preventable car accidents, injuries, and deaths. Steering mechanism defects can include:

  • Fluid leaks
  • Contaminated fluid
  • Temperature problems
  • Bushing defects
  • Jammed steering wheel lock
  • Faulty hydraulics
  • Linkage damage
  • Faulty pump

Similarly to defective braking systems, any defect that makes the steering column less reliable than it should be could be grounds for a lawsuit. The purpose of a product liability lawsuit is to hold the manufacturing company or other defendant legally responsible for the harms its defective or dangerous steering mechanism caused. It is also to give injured consumers an outlet for compensation to cover their accident-related expenses.

A successful lawsuit will not only penalize the negligent or careless manufacturing firm and shed light on its irresponsible habits but could also end in financial recovery for victims. Victims can use settlement or judgment awards from product liability lawsuits to pay for hefty medical bills and make up for lost wages from missed time at work. Victims might also receive additional payment for pain and suffering or punitive damages.

How to Prove Your Product Liability Claim

Your ability to recover from your auto accident hinges upon proving the required elements for your claim. These will depend on the basis of your lawsuit. In Texas, a consumer can base a product liability lawsuit on breach of warranty, strict liability, or negligence. Strict liability is the most common and does not require the plaintiff to prove negligence. To win recovery on the grounds of strict product liability, you would only have to show that the steering mechanism had a defect and that the defect caused your accident and injuries. You would not have to show that the defendant negligently caused the defect.

Gathering evidence to prove product liability can start as soon as the day of the crash. The more information victims can collect, the better. Strengthen your case by asking questions, taking photographs, and documenting details as soon as possible. Call the police and get the official report number. Then, talk to an attorney. An attorney can help you show that the steering mechanism had an unreasonably dangerous defect that caused your injury, and that the defect caused your injury while you were using your vehicle as intended.

The product liability lawyers at the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. have years of experience handling complex auto defect claims. We can help those who suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a car accident relating to steering mechanism flaws or defects. We work hard to secure the best possible results for our clients, with aggressive insurance settlement negotiation and skilled litigation. It’s our mission to stand up for wronged consumers in Texas. To discuss your individual auto defect case with an attorney, call (214) 200-4878 or go online today

Posted by Aaron Herbert at 11:14 am

What Causes Everyday Freeway Traffic?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

One of the things Dallas is infamous for is bad traffic but what causes traffic? Commuters around the country spend, on average, 42 hours of the year sitting in traffic. Congested freeways can cause wasted gas, driver frustration, road rage, and fender benders. Even minor car accidents such as rear-end collisions can cause painful personal injuries like whiplash. Learn what causes traffic – and what the government could potentially do to solve the problem.

Overloaded Roads

The main cause of what causes traffic is too many people on the road. Most major highways in the United States are decades old. Back then, the populations in most major cities were smaller. Highway designers did their best to accommodate current and future levels of traffic, but today many roads simply are not large enough. Overloaded highways in major cities can lead to bumper-to-bumper traffic, as too many vehicles try to funnel through an inadequate number of lanes.
Many city governments have begun construction projects to widen and expand major highway systems. The Texas Department of Transportation – Dallas District, for example, is currently holding public hearings to discuss the widening and reconstruction of U.S. 380. Widening the road could leave more room for drivers without having to wait in line to proceed. This is just one example of many such efforts to accommodate more vehicles on some of the busiest roadways in the region.

Rush Hour

In a city like Dallas, drivers may notice that major highways do just fine at accommodating people…at certain times during a day. Driving through Dallas at 6:00 a.m. will look much different than a few hours later, when most commuters are traveling for work. Traffic congestion typically is a problem because too many people need to drive at the same times each day for work. Both the average workplace and school system requires people to travel and run errands at about the same times each day.
Every major metropolitan region in the world has the same issue with rush hour traffic. To solve this issue, one would need to disrupt the current economic system. More workplaces would need to offer flexible schedules, work-from-home opportunities, or change their operating hours altogether. Although efforts such as carpooling can help reduce the number of people on Dallas’ highways, the only way to solve rush hour completely would be to change the established foundation of society.

Most Popular Way to Travel

Even with the downfall of heavy traffic, most commuters prefer to drive in their own vehicles to and from work rather than take public transportation. This is often for both comfort and convenience. Most employees in Dallas live in rural or low-density areas. To reach these areas by public transportation, many would have to take multiple buses and wake up significantly earlier. Using public transportation may also not be as comfortable as a private car, or seen as safe to some commuters. Private vehicles thus remain the most popular form of transportation.

Inadequate Following Distance

At the heart of stop-and-go traffic is a problem with the amount of space between vehicles. As the space between two vehicles shrinks, the following vehicle has to hit the brakes to avoid a traffic accident. Theoretically, if this space never shrinks, drivers would never have to hit their brakes on highways – and daily traffic would not exist.
Individual drivers can help make the steady flow of traffic smoother by maintaining adequate following distance. Changing driver behaviors to avoid tailgating could prevent drivers from having to come to complete stops, and could relieve a great deal of heavy traffic congestion. It could also prevent fender benders that cause even worse traffic jams. By increasing following distance, just one driver could have a measurable impact on daily highway traffic for everyone else.

Contact a Texas Car Accident Lawyer Today

At Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. we offer a complimentary consultation in which we will examine the facts of your case and advise you on how to proceed.

With 14 years of experience, Texas Board Certification, a client-centered practice focused exclusively on personal injury law, the highest possible AVVO rating, more than 50 jury verdicts, and membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

You will incur no attorney fees, court, or legal expenses unless you recover. Time to file is limited by state law, so contact us today at (214) 609-1580 to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer who can protect your right to a monetary recovery.

Posted by mockingbird at 3:34 pm