My wife and I were involved in a severe car accident with our 1998 honda crv. We were rearended and the car was totaled. Do I have any legal recourse against the dealership that sold me the car, or the manufacturer of the vehicle?
You could have had valid claims against each of the parties that you mention, back then. By now the statute of limitations has long since lapsed, am afraid.
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You may have claims against both. Talk to a ME injury lawyer about your rights and options. You probably also have claims against the person who rear-ended you, and, if they don't have insurance, you can have your insurance fix your car (if you have that type of coverage).
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You may have a case against Honda or you may have a case against the person that rear-ended you. You need to speak with a personal injury attorney in your state as soon as possible. Good Luck!
You and your wife need to retain a personal injury lawyer to represent you. If there is adequate insurance coverage available on both vehicles (UIM on yours), a possible products liability claim would not be warranted.
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The most obvious target is the person that hit you, then your underinsured motorist coverage. You may have an action against Honda. Talk with a Maine personal injury attorney that does products liability cases. Avvo's Find a Lawyer tool can help you find that person. Whether you have a case will depend upon whether the airbags should have deployed, whether you were injured due to colliding with the dash board when your body whipped forward after the initial move backward at the time of the collision, and whether your damages are sufficient to go after Honda. You need extensive, expensive injuries to justify the experts needed for a defective airbag case.
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Airbags are not designed to deploy in an accident from the rear.
Your claim is against the driver who caused the accident. If your injuries are serious enough and the other driver has insufficient insurance, you may also have an underinsured motorist claim against your own automobile insurer.
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