Chances are, when you purchase an automobile, there are emotional ties to the purchase along with financial. You invest more than just money, you are investing in your life and those who will be traveling with you. It is only reasonable for consumers to expect their vehicle will keep them safe. This is a concept called crashworthiness. By definition, crashworthiness is the ability of a vehicle to prevent or mitigate injuries to vehicle occupants during a collision.
But after national headlines recalling faulty vehicle parts over the past year, one must question a vehicle's safety. Unfortunately, auto defects are responsible for thousands of accidents, injuries, and deaths every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 1,000 incidents of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles occurred in the past eight years, along with scores of accidents and injuries and untold property damage.
Questions to consider when determining crashworthiness
Most automobiles are constructed properly, but there is the chance that your vehicle may be poorly designed and have dangerous defects. It is wise to contact a crashworthiness lawyer when you are looking for answers to the following:
- How were the occupants injured, could they have fared better?
- Was there a feature lacking in the vehicle which could have impacted the injuries?
What if my vehicle has a defect?
If you believe your injury or accident may have been the result of your vehicle, contact a crashworthiness attorney immediately. The auto defect attorneys of Bailey & Glasser, LLP have been fighting for victim's rights and are well versed in auto defect and crashworthiness litigation and lawsuits. The following are examples of some common scenarios in a crashworthiness lawsuit:
- Manufacturing defects—injury occurs when there is a flaw in the manufacturing process
- Design defects—injury occurs when a vehicle is unsafe because of the manufacturer's design
- Failure to warn—injury occurs when the manufacturer is aware of a dangerous aspect of a vehicle but fails to warn consumers
Contact us about your crashworthiness lawsuit
Contact Bailey & Glasser, LLP's crashworthiness attorneys for more information specific to your case. Call us today at 866-722-1588 or contact us online to tell us about your case.