I recently lost my spouse in an auto accident—his air bag did not inflate. Whom can I hold responsible in a wrongful death claim?

Vehicles are heavy and fast, with the potential to be dangerous. When a vehicle is equipped with a faulty part, such as defective tires, air bags that inflate randomly, defective brake systems, or seat belts that unlatch in a crash, the danger increases exponentially. These defective parts can lead to a severe accident that causes the death of one or more vehicle occupants.

When a death occurs due to a defective auto part, a number of parties may be named in a wrongful death lawsuit including:

  • Auto manufacturer – The car manufacturer is responsible for delivering a vehicle that is safe to drive and safe for other drivers who share the road.
  • Parts manufacturer – If the accident was caused by a specific part, such as an air bag, brake disc, or tire, the manufacturer may be held responsible.
  • Car dealership – The dealership can be held responsible for the damages, even if you were not the original purchaser of the vehicle.
  • Middleman – The shipper, or middleman, of the defective parts can be included in a wrongful death claim. Any party that had contact with the part, from manufacturer to retailer may be at fault.

Only a wrongful death attorney with experience in defective product cases can thoroughly investigate your case and determine who is to blame for your spouse’s tragic death. Call or email us right away to discuss your situation with one of our compassionate and skilled attorneys. We are here to help you.