Steering systems are possibly the most critical part of your ability to control a vehicle. Steering system components can include the power steering pump, hydraulic lines, rack and pinion, and numerous other parts that can fail if not properly designed, manufactured, and installed.
Steering System Defects
Steering systems are very complex. Power steering pumps can fail if hydraulic lines are defective or improperly installed, mounting bolts and brackets come loose or break, or the pump itself could be defective. A malfunctioning power steering pump can work intermittently with the vehicle alternating between resistance and responsiveness to steering. While the vehicle resists, the driver applies more force to the steering wheel. When the power steering kicks in, the vehicle can suddenly turn or swerve causing an auto accident. When a power steering pump fails entirely, the wheels become incredibly difficult or impossible to turn.
Loose steering, or play in the steering, can cause the vehicle to drift and wander from side to side as your drive down the road and can easily cause the vehicle to go out of control or drift into oncoming traffic or off the road.
Experienced Defective Auto Representation
The experienced attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve if you have been injured in an auto accident caused by a defective steering system. Our lawyers have handled many defective auto claims, and we have the skills to protect your rights against the high powered attorney teams of negligent auto manufacturers.