Who Should I Sue If My Accident Was Caused By a Vehicle Defect?

In most cases, blame for a car accident is assigned to another driver. However, driver error is not the only reason that collisions occur. In fact, a lot of accidents happen when part of a vehicle was defective and malfunctions. Parts that can be defective and lead to accidents can commonly include tires, axles, brakes, ignition switches, airbags, steering columns, among many others. Following such an accident, victims understandably are left wondering: Who can I hold responsible?

Manufacturers Can be Negligent

Manufacturers have the legal duty to ensure the products they sell are reasonably safe for use by consumers and this duty certainly applies to auto manufacturers. If an auto company sells a vehicle with a defective part and injuries occur, the company should be held liable for its negligence under the principles of products liability.1 Additionally, if a company discovers that a part may be defective and have the potential to cause injury, it is required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)2 to issue a timely recall. If it fails to do so and more injuries occur, victims can file lawsuits against the corporation.

What Do You Have to Prove to Prevail in a Products Liability Auto Accident Claim?

Products liability claims arising from auto accidents center around negligence, just like any other auto accident claim. You may prove a company was negligent in the following ways:

  • Negligent design of the car part causing the defect.
  • Negligent assembly of the car part causing the defect.
  • Failure to warn of a possible defect or hazard.

An attorney can help you determine which form of negligence applies in your case.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney in St. Louis, Missouri for a Free Consultation

If you believe that a part of your car has malfunctioned and led to your auto collision and injuries, you should not hesitate to pick up the phone and call The Bruning Law Firm in St. Louis. We have the resources required to protect your rights against large corporate auto manufacturers, so please call for a free initial consultation at 314-529-0756 as soon as possible.


  1. https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/Products_liability
  2. http://www.nhtsa.gov/
Contact the St. Louis car accident lawyers at the Bruning Law Firm today.