Before you file a lawsuit citing an automotive defect in Tennessee, you should know what will be expected from you. For example, state law mandates that any personal injury lawsuit must be filed within one year of the incident. Therefore, you may need to act fairly quickly in order to hold the responsible party financially accountable for your damages.
You will also need to outline whom the defendants will be. For example, you could sue the car dealership, a used car dealership, the car manufacturer and even the car parts manufacturer. Essentially, anyone who is in the supply chain could be found liable, depending on the circumstances of your case.
In order to secure damages, you will not necessarily need to prove that the defendants were careless. As the Legal Information Institute points out, strict liability simply means that the defendant is responsible for a defective product. To demonstrate strict liability, you will have to ensure that the following conditions have been met:
- There was an unreasonably dangerous defect in the vehicle.
- The defect caused your injury.
- You have not substantially changed the vehicle in a way that could affect the car’s performance.
In the event that your vehicle has been part of a recall and you have not suffered an injury, you should abide by the manufacturer’s process. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, your car may be eligible for free repairs, replacement or reimbursement.
While this information may be useful, it should not be taken as legal advice.