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Volkswagen troubles highlight intersection of personal injury, product liability, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the failure of automobile manufacturer Volkswagen to report deaths and injuries connected with its vehicles, as well as litigation associated with those accidents. Volkswagen is certainly not the only manufacturer at fault in this area, but is one of the bigger offenders.

One of the important things car accident victims need to remember is that it isn’t always clear right away who they are able to hold liable for their injuries and losses. The initial assumption is typically that there is one or more driver who caused the accident, but third parties, including manufacturers, can sometimes be brought in by virtue of defective products. 

Although product liability litigation is separate from personal injury, it can often be connected. One of the challenges, of course, is determining the cause of the accident. In some cases, the cause or causes of the accident will be clear, but in other cases, it will not be quite so clear.

One of the benefits of working with an experienced attorney is to ensure that all potentially liable parties can be identified so that all appropriate claims can be filed. An experienced attorney will understand not only how to handle personal injury claims from beginning to end, but also how to pursue other claims like product liability. Even the best attorney, of course, cannot make any guarantees about the outcome of such cases, but an effective advocate can at least give an accident victim a fighting chance to maximize his or her damages. 

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