The fuel pump in a car is tasked with pumping gasoline from the fuel tank to the engine in order to provide power for the car. A defective or malfunctioning fuel pump is generally associated with a car that won’t start, causing inconvenience for the driver. In some cases, however, a fuel pump will malfunction when the car is already in motion, causing the engine to shut off; this could cause the driver to lose control of the car, resulting in a catastrophic accident.
Understanding how a faulty fuel pump could lead to a wreck is imperative if you wish to seek compensation for your injuries. Faulty fuel pump lawyers from our firm can help you establish liability and recover damages. Call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335.
How can a faulty fuel pump cause an accident?
If a car is in motion and the fuel pump malfunctions, stalling the flow of gasoline, the engine will shut off automatically. But how exactly could this subsequently lead to an accident?
A variety of different functions in a car require engine power in order to operate correctly. These functions include ABS brakes and power steering, both of which, when operational, contribute to a driver’s safety.
In the case of ABS brakes, fuel pump failure and subsequent lack of engine power could make braking exceptionally difficult, leaving the driver unprepared to stop, especially when traveling at high speeds. If the power steering fails as a result of a fuel pump defect, the driver may be unable to avoid cars or other obstacles, leading to a serious accident.
What causes a defective fuel pump?
In general, a fuel pump malfunction may be the result of a design or manufacturing defect. If the fuel pump was defectively designed, then all pumps of a specific model would possess the same fault. In this case, the manufacturer may have initiated a product recall on cars with the specific fuel pumps, although this is not always the case.
A manufacturing defect signifies that the fuel pump may have been designed correctly but developed a defect during manufacturing or even shipping and handling. A lawyer can help identify what caused the malfunction and figure out which party or parties are liable.
How to Recover Compensation for Injuries Due to a Defective Fuel Pump
Claims or lawsuits filed due to defective car parts fall under product liability, which provides that the manufacturer (or anyone else along the chain of manufacturing) is liable for damages caused by the product in question. If an individual files a claim or lawsuit under products liability, however, he or she will need to show specifically that the product itself was defective and that the defect subsequently was the cause of the accident.
This can be accomplished with the help of faulty fuel pump attorneys who can speak with experts in the field, accident reconstructionists and a variety of other individuals who can shed light on the cause of the wreck.
Our Fuel Pump Defect Attorneys Can Help You Recover Compensation
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our faulty fuel pump lawyers are prepared to help you recover damages if you have been injured due to a defective fuel pump. We will advocate on your behalf and help ensure you receive the compensation that you deserve. Reach out to us today at 215-642-2335 to schedule an initial consultation. You also can reach us via our online contact form to set up your consultation. We are prepared to help you in any way that we can.