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Mesquite Personal Injury Law Blog

Product liability; when bad design or manufacture leads to injury

At some point almost everyone will have a disappointing experience with a product purchase; the temptation of some manufacturers and sellers to over-promise and under deliver is too great sometimes. This can lead to a consumer item that makes you wish you had never made that particular buying decision.

Occasionally, though, the consequences of a maker or seller cutting corners can result in more than just a case of buyer’s remorse, and can harm not just your wallet or purse but you, too. This is where the law of products liability becomes involved.

Can parents be liable for their child's car accident?

During the summer months when children are on vacation from school, the likelihood that some of them will be spending more time behind the wheel increases. With that increase of driving frequency, the chance of an auto accident may also increase.


If a young person was involved and driving a vehicle he or she did not own, the question as to whether his or her parents may be held responsible for letting him or her drive it may arise. The legal basis for such a claim is a variation of vicarious liability called negligent entrustment; and in the case of a parent letting a child drive a car which he or she gets into an accident with, it also goes by the description, the family car doctrine. 

How can I prove that I have been harmed by a defective product?

If you have been injured while using a product, you may have a cause of action against the manufacturer of that product. The general term for this theory of recovery is, "product liability."

Product liability can be challenging to prove. There are different ways of proving it, depending on the circumstances that led to your injury. In general, there are four ways to demonstrate product liability: negligence, misrepresentation, breach of warranty and strict liability. A brief introduction to each of these approaches follows.

Auto accident in Texas on wet pavement kills 2 drivers

Negligence behind the wheel of a car can manifest itself in different ways. Any instance of driver negligence will involve a failure to observe a reasonable standard of care under the circumstances as they existed at the time of an accident.

Sometimes what may at first seem to be an unavoidable car accident, could, upon closer investigation, be the result of some negligent act or omission by a driver.

What is "strict liability" in a case of product liability?

If you have been following the news lately, or have perused our blog in the past, you are probably aware of the large-scale vehicle recalls that General Motors has undertaken in connection with allegedly defective ignitions. These recalls can lead to two questions regarding the legal theory of product liability:

  1. What is "product liability," and
  2. What is "strict liability" in connection to product liability?

Generally speaking, the concept behind product liability is that sometimes a company may make something that, when it is designed, or built, is inherently unsafe to its intended customers. 

Ways to avoid a drunk driving accident during a holiday

Any nationally-recognized holiday is a time for celebration throughout the United States. In order to participate in all of the related activities for the particular event, Americans regularly flood the roads with their vehicles in ever increasing numbers so they can travel and see family and friends. But with the increased traffic on the roads and drivers leaving parties that regularly offer alcohol, a situation is created where holidays also become among the deadliest of days for motorists.

Many states including Texas have instituted programs to assist partygoers in getting to and from celebrations without having to worry about drinking and driving. Many roadside assistance services like the American Automobile Association, more commonly known as AAA, offer members and even non-members “holiday safe ride programs” that can be used when no other option is available. 

Texas car accident leaves 1 man dead

Any Texas resident can tell you that the highways and roads of this state can be dangerous places. Although most drivers operate their vehicles with concern for their own safety, and that of their fellow drivers, the sad truth is that accidents can happen anywhere and at any time.  Some of those accidents are caused by drivers that endanger others with their carelessness or errors behind the wheel.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident caused by another driver, you may want to speak with an attorney. An attorney can provide advice and information regarding what options you have with regard to pursuing damages.

Drowning in park raises liability issues for city near Mesquite

A tragedy happened recently near Mesquite, Texas, when a child drowned in a pond adjacent to a park. The father of the child momentarily turned his attention away from his daughter. She discovered a path that led to the pond, which is up to eight feet deep in places.

The ensuing lawsuit claims that the father was unaware of the pond’s existence because of its location behind a low hill that blocked his view of it and it was recently constructed. He also states that there were no warning signs at the pond alerting visitors that it was not suitable for swimming.

Decade-old Texas lawsuit may come back to haunt General Motors

The legal saga involving General Motors is something that this firm has already touched upon on our blog when it comes to possible liability claims for wrongful death in connection with allegedly defective vehicles that GM manufactured. The manufacturer has already admitted that more than a dozen deaths occurred as a result of those defects.

Now, a Texas woman is seeking to open a new legal action against GM based on the same vehicle defects, but this time by resurrecting a lawsuit from the past.

Woman killed in fatal car accident in Dallas

All drivers in Texas have a legal duty to do everything possible to operate their vehicles safely on the road. This means, among other responsibilities, maintaining attention to the traffic conditions ahead, and reacting accordingly. Unfortunately, serious rear-end accidents are often caused by a driver’s failure to maintain such attention.

It is also important to remember that if a car accident does occur, it is the legal responsibility of those involved to remain at the scene at least until authorities arrive. Unfortunately, people sometimes fail in this most basic duty. 

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