Vehicle Malfunction Wrongful Death Lawyers in Bristol, PA
Award-Winning Lawyers Hold Companies Responsible for Vehicle Malfunction Wrongful Death in Montgomery County and Elsewhere in Southeast Pennsylvania
Serious motor vehicle accidents happen every day in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Most accidents are caused by everyday carelessness that could happen to anyone. But what happens when an unknown defect in the vehicle causes it to malfunction? What if the result is the loss of your loved one’s life?
A wrongful death lawsuit may be your best option for justice. Our top-rated lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg, and Gifford have a long, proven track record of winning wrongful death cases in Bucks County. We don’t count your case as a win unless we recover compensation that is full and fair and holds the responsible party accountable.
Companies that design and manufacture vehicles make millions off the sale of these vehicles. When a vehicle malfunction is caused by a defect that only those companies could have known about—and you lose a loved one as a result—it’s only fair that they be held financially responsible.
If you lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, call us today so that we can get to the bottom of it. Our wrongful death lawyers will identify whether your loved one’s accident was caused by a vehicle malfunction or defective component in the vehicle. Then we’ll fight to hold the responsible party financially accountable. Call today for a free case evaluation where we’ll discuss options for you.
Types of Vehicle Malfunction Wrongful Death Cases Our Bucks County Lawyers Handle
Design or manufacturing defects that can cause a vehicle malfunction can be present in any type of vehicle. It might not even be your loved one’s vehicle that malfunctioned.
Our wrongful death lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg, and Gifford will work to determine whether a defective product caused the vehicle malfunction and accident in cases involving:
- Car accidents,
- Truck accidents,
- Motorcycle accidents,
- Bus accidents,
- Uber or Lyft accidents,
- Construction vehicle accidents,
- Work vehicle accidents.
Contact our firm today to learn more about how our Bucks County wrongful death lawyers can help in your case.
Strict Liability May Apply in Bucks County Vehicle Malfunction Wrongful Death Cases
In a typical Bucks County wrongful death case, to establish that a wrongful death occurred and someone else should be held financially responsible, our lawyers must first prove the basic elements of a negligence claim. These include:
- Duty of care,
- Breach of the duty of care,
- Causation, and
Wrongful death claims based on vehicle malfunctions are different. Vehicle malfunction cases are often a subset of product liability law, which means that they’re governed by strict liability rather than negligence. Our wrongful death lawyers will work to show:
- The defect in the vehicle was unreasonably dangerous,
- The unreasonably dangerous component caused the vehicle malfunction,
- The vehicle malfunction caused your loved one’s wrongful death, and
- No substantial modifications were made to the vehicle to change it from the condition it was in when purchased.
In most vehicle accident cases, the critical issue is which driver was at-fault. Vehicle malfunction cases are different. We investigate all aspects of both the accident and the vehicle manufacture to find out what really happened to cause your loved one’s death.
Getting Compensation After a Vehicle Malfunction Caused Wrongful Death in Montgomery County, PA
Thousands of people die in motor vehicle accidents every year—and those losses are always emotionally devastating. The wrongful death lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg, and Gifford can help prevent the financial losses that can only make moving forward more difficult. We fight to recover fair compensation for:
- Your loved one’s medical expenses, including emergency room costs and any expenses necessary to attempt to treat injuries from the accident,
- Loss of your loved one’s estimated lost future salary and wages,
- Other household contributions, such as compensation for a spouse’s services as a homemaker or caregiver to children,
- Lost future employment benefits, including retirement and health benefits,
- Loss of your loved one’s company,
- Pain and suffering,
- Funeral, burial and estate administration expenses, which can cost upwards of $10,000,
- Punitive damages in especially shocking cases.
You have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to pursue a lawsuit for wrongful death in Pennsylvania. While this might seem like a long time, it can take time to compile all of the facts and evidence necessary to begin the process. If you’ve lost a loved one in a vehicle accident, call our wrongful death lawyers as soon as possible so that we can begin work for you.
Call Our Trusted Bucks County Wrongful Death Lawyers for a Free Case Review in Your Vehicle Malfunction Case
The loss of a loved one is always a tragedy. You shouldn’t also have to bear the financial stress that can accompany this type of loss when someone else’s actions caused the wrongful death.
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg, and Gifford, we can help get justice for the vehicle malfunction that caused your loved one’s death. We can also get you the financial resources you need from the responsible party who profited from the sale of a defective vehicle. Our experienced wrongful death lawyers are here to help cut through the red tape and get what you need to begin putting your life back together.
We offer a free case evaluation so that you can learn more about our Montgomery County wrongful death lawyers and how we can help. To schedule your consultation, call our office anytime or contact us online.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death Claims Based on Vehicle Malfunction
Punitive damages—or compensation that is only awarded to punish the defendant—are only available if the defendant’s actions were intentional or especially shocking. In many cases, vehicle manufacturers are aware of a defect that might cause the vehicle to malfunction. These companies simply engage in a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether to recall the vehicle or change the vehicle design. That means it’s possible the company:
-Knew that the vehicle could malfunction,
-Knew that the problem could be fixed, and
-Failed to take any action because they decided it was cheaper to settle cases with injured victims or victims of wrongful death.
If our wrongful death lawyers can show that was the case, we can make a strong case that punitive damages should be available in your case.
FAQ: What about the Pennsylvania no-fault insurance law?
In a wrongful death case, the no-fault insurance law does not apply. This is likely because Pennsylvania recognizes the fact that medical costs, funeral expenses and other costs are going to exceed the minimum personal injury protection law.