Defective Vehicle Injury Claims
Many times extreme injuries or death occurs in a wreck that should not have occurred if the vehicle had been designed and manufactured properly. If your vehicle did not perform properly, you may have a product liability claim. Some examples where people were injured because vehicles failed to perform adequately are:
Vehicles usually roll over for one of three reasons: (1) the vehicle was designed with too high of a center of gravity such as in an SUV, truck, or van; (2) a tire blew out due to De-tread or some other manufacturing defect; or (3) the vehicle did not have electronic stability control (ESC) that is proven to dramatically decrease the chance of a rollover.
There are many models of cars, trucks, and SUVs that do not have adequate strength in the roof, which causes the roof to crush in too far during a rollover killing or rendering an occupant a quadriplegic or paraplegic.
Seat belts have been known to release or unlatch during a wreck causing people to suffer a severe blow within the vehicle or to become ejected from the vehicle. Also, even though automakers have long known that a three-point seatbelt is much safer than just a lap belt, they have only provided a lap belt for the center passenger.
Sometimes airbag sensors are not calibrated properly causing airbags to not deploy or to deploy too hard. In other instances the vehicle’s airbags were only designed to protect the chest area alone and not the head.
Tires can have defects that cause them to blow out, De-tread, or otherwise not perform properly. Tire manufacturers such as Firestone, Michelin, Bridge Stone, BF Goodrich, Dunlop, Uniroyal, Cooper, Yokohama, Goodyear, Pirelli, Continental, Titan, and others have had tire defect problems that caused injury. Additionally, tire retailers such as Discount Tire, Firestone, Walt-Mart, and Sears have caused vehicle wrecks due to their improper tire installation, inspection, or service. Also, tires that are too old have a high failure rate.
Safety Cage Intrusion
Inadequate door beams, metal design, and door latches can allow intrusion into or ejection from the safety cage compartment of the vehicle that should protect occupants.
Vehicle fires can be caused by the placement of a fuel tank within the crush zone of the vehicle, failing to install anti-siphoning valves, incorrect routing of fuel lines, lack of fuel filler tube check valves, or other reasons that can cause a vehicle to explode or catch fire during an accident.
In some accidents, especially rear end wrecks, the seat back of a bucket seat breaks and causes the occupant to violently collapse into the backseat. This moves the occupant away from his seatbelt and airbags and can cause serious head, neck, and back injuries. However, it is also dangerous for the backseat passenger, especially if the passenger is a child, because the entire weight of an adult can be forcefully thrown against the backseat passenger causing permanent injuries.
Glass Safety Glazing
Even though it is known that passengers ejected from a vehicle are 25 times more likely to die than passengers who remain inside a vehicle, auto manufacturers have not used laminated safety glass on windows in many vehicles that would help prevent passenger ejections. The bottom line is that if you expect the vehicle you were riding in did not perform as it should have, we need to have the vehicle secured and inspected to see if a manufacturing or design defect caused your injury.
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