What to Do If You Were Injured in a Recalled Car
Car accidents are one of the most common cases out there. Since we live in the age of technology, there are always new developments on the front of motor vehicles and the more progressive we get the more we open ourselves up to making mistakes. Manufacturers often times have ways of letting you know about defective parts of your vehicle, but sometimes before you can be made aware, you find yourself victim of an accident caused by such mistakes.
What to do if you were injured in a recalled car:
- Call your attorney. While this may seem like an obvious first step, it is always worth reiterating. Not only is having a seasoned professional at your side every step of the way important for your personal peace of mind, but they also will be responsible for providing you with the best legal counsel possible. This will ensure that you are being represented fairly as well as given all of the options without putting yourself at risk.
- Know your rights. Should you be the victim of an accident on a recalled vehicle where the statement of recall wasn’t issued yet, it may be the manufacturer, not the distributor who is at fault.
- Hopefully you’ve kept all of your evidence and you can now present it to your lawyer. Whether this is pictures of the actual accident or information of the other person involved, it’s great to have all of your details lined up before moving forward.
- Do not get your car repaired before you’ve hired an attorney. This seems unimaginable to some, especially those who haven’t had to work with a lawyer before and may be dealing with a bit of a process to acquire one. However, fixing your vehicle is essentially getting rid of any and all physical evidence you have, and you’ll need the fault of the car to be apparent to the experts in order to rule that it, in fact, was the recall to blame for the accident and there was no fault anywhere else (if there is fault elsewhere, your insurance company will need to become more involved as well).