When an automaker sells a car for profit, the automaker has a responsibility to make sure that the car is safe. That’s not only a moral responsibility, but also a legal one. See O.C.G.A. § 51-1- 11. The law calls this principle “crashworthiness”—if a manufacturer sells a car, that manufacturer must make sure that the car is reasonably safe for the people who buy it. A product liability case is when a product, like a vehicle, fails to do what it is supposed to do.
If you were injured in an accident involving a defective motor vehicle or faulty part, you may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer. A product liability lawyer knows what to look for and how to handle a product liability case. For example, our personal injury law firm was part of a winning trial team that proved to a jury of twelve that the dangerous gas tank design of a Jeep Grand Cherokee caused the vehicle to explode after rear impact, causing the death of a young boy who otherwise would have survived. After a two-week trial, a jury awarded a verdict of $150,000,000.