If you, your loved ones, family members have been injured or killed in an auto accident, it may be the result of defective manufacturing or design negligence by the auto manufacturer.

Auto accidents and incidents involving cars and personal injury are extremely common in our vehicle-oriented society. They can range from simple incidents to complex situations that involve other people and insurance companies and/or auto manufacturers. They can also be caused by a variety of reasons, ranging from defective equipment design or manufacture to another driver’s error, possibly while driving under the influence.

The Law Offices of Gary C. Eto has successfully represented all of these types of cases. We have been a pioneering law presence in pursuing automotive and automotive equipment manufacturers for faulty design and manufacturing, resulting in major judgments and rulings in our clients’ favor. We have procured multi-million dollar settlements in this area, as well as influencing product recalls and re-designs. We’ve also put equal dedication toward a wide range of individual auto personal injury cases. Whether your situation is very complicated or less complex, we have an outstanding level of experience and knowledge that we will put to work for you.

What is a defective vehicle? What is a products liability case?

A lawsuit arising out of a defective vehicle case is also known as a products liability case. A products liability case is where the plaintiff seeks to recover damages based upon a claim of a defective product, and in many instances, the product claimed to be defective is a tire, a gas tank, a fuel system, an automobile, 15 passenger van or an SUV.

What is a defect? There are basically two types of defects recognized in California – a manufacturing defect and a design defect.

  • A manufacturing defect exists if the product itself is different from the manufacturer’s intended result, or if the product is different from apparently identical products made by the same manufacturer.
  • A design defect exists if the product fails to perform as safely as an ordinary consumer would expect when used in an intended or reasonably foreseeable manner, or, if there is a risk of danger inherent in the design which outweighs the benefits of that design.