Poulsbo, WA asked in Personal Injury for Washington

Q: I was walking in the parking lot and got hit by a car, can I sue the car manufacturer?

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Terrence Rubino
Terrence Rubino
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A: basically you can sue anyone you want but to sue and be successful is another thing. in your situation it depends on the facts of what happened. many years ago there was a defect in the ford park system and occassionally the gear would shift out of park into reverse. we had a clientin indiana that was walking between cars and got hurt. however if there is not a real defect the answer to your question is no. you need to consult a washington lawyer but i can tell you that lawsuits against car manufacturers are a very uphill battle and most lawyers won't do them unless there is a very serious injury or death involved. these cases are very costly and time consuming. good luck.

Herbert G. Farber Esq.
Herbert G. Farber Esq.
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  • Bellevue, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: We wouldn't recommend it unless there was some defect in the car that caused it to hit you, say for example a design flaw which caused it to have an unintended acceleration. A better bet might be to file a lawsuit against the person driving the car that hit if they were negligently operating the vehicle, say for example if they were speeding. Or, the parking lot owner if the parking lot was not designed correctly, was not properly lit or had some other design defect which contributed to the accident.

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