Knoxville Vehicle Defect Lawyers Examine the Details of Your Accident

Our experienced team knows exactly what to look for

When you purchase a vehicle, it's reasonable for you to expect that it and all of its parts are in good working condition. You should at least be aware of any problems so you can address them. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. If you've been involved in an auto accident due to a defective vehicle or defective vehicle part, contact the personal injury law firm of Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law in Knoxville, Tennessee. We've practiced law in this community since 1987 and have deep knowledge of the laws governing defective vehicles in our state.

What are the most common auto defects?

Automobiles have a lot of moving parts, and a great deal of engineering goes into making a car run smoothly. However, some of these parts do not function as they're supposed to or wear down faster than they should. The following are some of the most common motor vehicle defects:

  • Brakes. A number of things can go wrong with braking systems, including brake line failure, problems with the hydraulic reservoir and automatic brake malfunction. When you are unable to stop your vehicle, it can result in a serious auto accident.
  • Airbags. Airbags are supposed to protect you in the event of an accident, but too often, they either do not work or deploy improperly. This results in injury to the face, head and neck.
  • Seatbelts. Tennessee law requires all drivers and passengers older than age 4 to wear seatbelts when a car is in motion. This doesn't take into account, however, the fact that some restraints don't work properly. This can be devastating if an auto accident occurs.
  • Tires. Over the years, there have been a number of issues with tire manufacturers, including the famous Firestone recall of 2000. Blown tires can cause drivers to lose control and hit other cars or pedestrians.

The laws surrounding defective vehicles in Tennessee

It is unlawful for the owners of defective or noncompliant motor vehicles to sell them if they know that those defects exist. If the defects are known, the seller must inform the buyer before finalizing the sale. These situations are never cut-and-dry, and it's often necessary to demonstrate that the seller of a defective vehicle was aware of the problem beforehand. A skilled lawyer can help you determine fault and pinpoint the part of the vehicle that malfunctioned or failed and caused an accident.

Speak with a knowledgeable attorney about vehicle defects

If a defective vehicle caused your auto accident and resulted in property damage or serious injury, don't hesitate to contact the compassionate and experienced team at Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law. Our office is conveniently located in Knoxville, but we can meet with you at your home or hospital room if needed. To set up your free initial phone consultation, call 865.951.7268 or contact us online. You pay no attorneys' fees unless we recover damages for you.