A tremendous amount of car accidents occur each year in the United States, many of them leading to injury, and some even resulting in one or more fatalities. While driver negligence is often the cause of car accidents, other times wrecks may be caused by defective parts within vehicles. One example of a faulty product that may cause an accident is a defective fuel pump.
What is a fuel pump?
In order for a car engine to work, it must have a supply of fuel. The fuel pump transports the fuel, like gasoline, to the engine to begin the combustion process. In some older motor vehicles the fuel is transported from the tank to the engine through gravity, although for virtually all modern models a fuel pump is necessary to facilitate this process.
How can a defective fuel pump lead to an accident?
Of course, if a car’s fuel pump is working correctly, it will function properly and will not only cause the car to accelerate when the gas pedal is depressed by the driver, but will allow the engine to continue working. But a bad fuel pump may not transport fuel adequately to the engine, and in some circumstances the engine may shut off entirely.
If the engine is shut off on the road, this may disable other necessary functions, such as power steering and power brakes. The absence of these features on the car could make it more difficult to maneuver, and could ultimately contribute to a wreck.
An Attorney Can Help You Recover Compensation for Defective Fuel Pump Injuries
If you have been injured in an accident as a result of a defective fuel pump, you may be able to initiate a product liability suit in order to recover compensation for damages. For your product liability lawsuit to be successful, you must demonstrate four specific elements.
As the plaintiff you must show that:
- you sustained an injury;
- the product you were using was defective;
- the defect ultimately led to the injuries; and
- you were using the product as it was meant to be used.
In some cases, it may be easy to show that you sustained an injury as a result of a crash, but it may prove difficult to demonstrate that a faulty fuel pump was the underlying cause. An attorney can assist by gathering evidence that shows that a bad fuel pump caused your injuries.
Don’t wait any longer to contact the legal professionals at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. if you have sustained injuries in a crash because of fuel pump problems. Per N.Y. Civil Practice Rules and Law §214 you only have three years in which you may file a claim, after which you may be barred from recovering compensation.
Contact us today to understand your rights and to begin the process. You can reach us at 800-550-0000 or via our contact form.