How You Know It’s Time to Call an Experienced Crashworthiness Lawyer
- Were you or a loved one seriously injured or killed in a car accident?
- Was the person who got hurt or died wearing their seatbelt?
- Did the airbags not inflate or if they did, was someone still hurt or die?
- Not sure how to get health care or how to the medical bills are going to be get paid??
- Were there multiple people in the automobile but not everyone was hurt?
- Do you believe that your vehicle failed to provide adequate crash protection?
- Is the evidence that proves your case wasting away or worse, going to be lost or destroyed?
- Does the legal system seem complicated, overwhelming or tilted against you?
- Do you feel lost, unsure what to do next, or don’t know how to pay for an attorney??
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to give us a call and talk to an experienced automotive products liability attorney. The call is free. We know what it feels like to feel frustrated, confused, and uncertain about you and your family’s future. You don’t have to feel overwhelmed or like a victim. Regain control. Stand up for you and your family. Put us to work for you.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crashworthiness is the degree to which a vehicle will protect the driver and passengers in the event of a collision. Automobile manufacturers and auto parts makers can be held legally liable for injuries that occur as a result of a vehicle’s inadequate crashworthiness. If your injuries occurred because of or were made more severe by a vehicle’s faulty manufacturing or faulty product design, the company can and should be held liable.
How Our Top Rated McAllen Auto Product Liability Attorney Can Help
Crashworthiness claims are among the most complex types of personal injury cases. They involve a considerable amount of specialized knowledge. Our law firm has deep experience in automotive product liability cases. We have been handling defective automotive product cases, literally, since day one. We have reviewed hundreds, if not thousands, of cases. When real trial lawyer organizations across the country need someone to teach their attorneys how to handle defective automotive product cases, they call us. We have taught thousands of other attorneys. We have guided our clients and can do it for you.
Faulty Design, Crashworthiness, and Liability
The safest place in a wreck is the occupant compartment. The occupant compartment is the area inside the automobile where the passenger seats are located plus contiguous storage areas. It does not include the trunk. The occupant compartment is made up of a variety of components—from the vehicle frame to the seats and seatbelts, and from the windows to the airbags—that should work in unison as individual elements of a system that maintain the integrity of the space, keep the occupant safe during the wreck, and allow the occupants to exit the automobile after a wreck.
Arguably, the most overlooked category of automotive products liability defects is vehicle frame structural integrity defects or crashworthiness defects. The major components of the vehicle frame structure are the frame rails, body pillars, sill, cross members, body panels, and door beams. While the vehicle frame may technically be outside of and form the external boundary of the occupant compartment, when a vehicle frame structure fails, the consequences present themselves inside the occupant compartment. Defects in vehicle frame structures are typically caused by metal with insufficient tensile strength, thin metal, metal components with cutouts, metal components without foam, bad welds, and or the absence of a metal component.
There are three broad categories of wrecks: frontal and rear impacts, side impacts, and rollovers or roof impacts. In all three types of wrecks, the vehicle frame structure should maintain the occupant compartment’s integrity thereby creating a survival space for the occupants. In frontal and rear crashes, this is accomplished by crush zones deforming and absorbing energy. Crush zones are the front of the automobile to the front axle and the rear of the automobile to the rear axle that are designed to crumple and absorb energy in a front or rear impacts, respectively. In side impacts, the occupant survival space is maintained by the rigidity of pillars, sills, and door beams, the integrity of door latches, and the deformation of and absorption of energy by panels. In rollovers, the pillars and roof should not crush or deform. Additionally, in all three types of wrecks, vehicle frame structure integrity is essential for the other components within the occupant compartment, such as seats, seatbelts, and airbags to function properly.
While it may seem counterintuitive, excess deformation in the crush zones is not necessarily indicative of a defect. Instead, the hallmark is intrusion into the occupant compartment, breaches of the occupant compartment, or a lack of deformation in the crush zone—that is, a lack of absorption of energy, which could translate into failures of other components in the occupant compartment—for example, seat back failures—or outside the occupant compartment—for example, fuel filler neck failures that can lead to vehicular fires.
In a side impact, we generally focus on the automobile’s lateral area left and right of center between the front and rear wheels. This usually translates to the lateral areas of the automobile where there are seats and doors. A side impact crush is the “Goldie Locks” of crush. Too much is like too little. Too little, and components inside the occupant compartment can fail—for example, the bolts that anchor a seat to the floorboard. Too much, and the survival space in the occupant compartment is compromised or eliminated. Another consideration, especially in side impacts, are door and door latch integrity. If a door opens in any impact, sirens should go off that there is a potential defect, especially when there is an ejection.
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