Attorney Brian Sutter Reminds Recalled Vehicle Owners of Florida’s Contributory Negligence in Personal Injury Cases

Attorney Brian O. Sutter

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla., Nov. 10, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- With a three year string of record safety recalls from many of the world's major automakers and millions of vehicles affected in the U.S. alone, Attorney Brian O. Sutter of All Injuries Law Firm is urging owners of recalled vehicles to bring them in to be repaired or face possible liability.

Historic in scale and in severity, many of the recent auto recalls place those traveling on the roads in potential danger. Some of the most dangerous recalls for drivers include air bags randomly inflating in Dodge Ram pickups, deadly and disfiguring shrapnel from parts manufacturer Takata Air bags that have been used in millions of vehicles, and vehicle fires from defective ignition switches in GM cars and trucks.

While many are familiar with these recalls, the sheer numbers of them will mean some owners may choose to ignore a notice to bring their vehicle in for repairs. However by putting off having a vehicle repaired, owners will place other drivers at risk should a defective part cause a serious accident.

Personal injury and auto accident lawyer Brian O. Sutter of All Injuries Law Firm had this advice for owners of recalled vehicles, "In Florida law, liability in an accident case is determined in the court by accounting for who shares in the blame for the accident. This is called comparative and contributory negligence. Now many owners of recalled vehicles may be under the impression that should you be driving around town and the air bag in your Dodge truck suddenly goes off while your in an intersection causing an accident, that Dodge would be the one responsible.

"However, the reality is more complicated. If the driver has received prior notice of a recall, and chosen to put off getting repairs or ignore the recall, than they would have a shared responsibility in causing the accident and any injuries or damages that have arisen from the crash. Even if the cause was due to a defective part or vehicle. Given the nature of the recent recalls I urge anyone who ones on the effected vehicles to be responsible and bring their car or truck in as soon as possible for repairs. Failing to do so not only puts other driver at risk, but opens the vehicle owner themselves up to liability."

About Attorney Brian O. Sutter:

Attorney Brian Sutter practices personal injury, wrongful death, automobile accidents, workers' compensation and Social Security Disability law from his office in Port Charlotte, Florida.

He is a member of the Charlotte County Bar Association, the Lee County Bar Association, the Litigation Section of the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association, the American Justice Association and the Workplace Injury Litigation Group. As a board member of the Florida Workers' Advocates, he has actively lobbied on behalf of injured workers for several years and has served as its president. He has been Board Certified in Florida Workers' Compensation since 1990 and re-certified in 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Workers' Compensation section of the Florida Bar Association. He enjoys an AV(R) rating, the highest possible from Martindale-Hubbell(R).

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