If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective automobile, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, etc. Some common car defects are with seat belts, car roofs, airbags, tires, and SUV’s, among others. Our law firm is working with some of the more experienced auto defects attorneys in the country, who are filing lawsuits against auto manufacturers, and, there is no fee until you obtain a settlement or award. Feel free to call us toll-free or contact us online 24/7 for a free consultation.
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Seat Belt Failure Injuries
Seat belt failure injuries occur when the passenger is involved in an accident and is wearing a seatbelt that fails. These types of injuries can be extremely painful and can include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Facial injuries
Seat belt failure can be very dangerous because cars today are built to recognize when a person has a seat belt on. The way the car reacts in an accident can differ depending on whether the passenger or driver is wearing a seat belt. If that seat belt fails, it is extremely dangerous to the passenger or driver.
Every year, many children and adults are injured as a result of a failed seat belt. For thirty years, car manufacturers and seat belt makers have been aware that these injuries can result from poor seat belt design or poor quality seat belts. Even with this knowledge they still make and install seat belts defectively. When installed properly, the seat belt can be a life saving device. When installed improperly, they are ineffective and dangerous.
Because an automobile’s tires are the only point of contact the vehicle has to ground, when a tire becomes defective, it is more than likely that the driver will lose their ability to maintain control of such automobile. In most cases, a defective tire will result in a tire blowout or a tire detread, which is when the outermost layer of the tire separates from the rest of the tire.
Tires are especially susceptible to a design defect, as competing companies try to produce tires that use non-uniform manufacturing process that allow for variations within and between production, resulting in a greater likelihood for a mistake and defect. According to a 24-7 Press Release article, more than 8,000 car accidents occur in the United States due to defective tires.
Car Roof Crush Accidents
Car roof crush accidents occur when the car is involved in a rollover or something falls on top of it. These accidents can be extremely dangerous because of the way that car roofs are built. Car companies continue to produce cars with thin and unstable roofs. The problem with that is if a car rolls over, there is not enough protection for the driver and passengers. When the car rolls over, the roof crushes and leaves very little room for the passengers and drivers. When it does this, it also can cause very serious injuries.
The US National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a warning that there was a correlation between car roof strength and the occurrence of car crushing and injuries resulting from crushing. It has been shown that the carmakers knew stronger roofs would save the lives but they did nothing about it. Volvo ran a safety study that showed that poor car roof structure contributed greatly to head and neck injuries.
Recently, car roof crush standards were increased by the Department of Transportation. In September of 2012, car manufacturers will be required to produce a car with that has a stronger and safer roof. Although this is a great thing for car consumers, there are still many cars on the road that have the previous roof strengths that are dangerous.
Defective airbags can cause a number of problems and injuries during an accident. While airbags can save lives when properly installed, when they are defectively made they can be dangerous or even deadly. Particular dangers occur when the driver sits closely to the steering wheel.
Airbags are particularly dangerous to children under the age of 13. Passenger airbags deploy at speeds of 200 miles per hour and a child’s physical structure is not equipped to handle that impact even when cushioned by air. Although some car companies have switched to safer designs, cars are still on the road that includes these inherently dangerous designs.
An overaggressive airbag is particularly dangerous. Car companies have used a “one size fits all” approach to airbag production. Airbags that over inflate or are overaggressive, such as the recent Takata Airbag recall, can cause injuries to the neck, head, spine and face. In some severe cases, they can cause brain damage, death, blindness or permanent disfigurement. Accidents that occur at low speeds are particularly dangerous when the airbag deploys because it is either unnecessary or too late. Review the latest airbag recall here.
Fuel-fed Fires in Automobiles
One of the lesser known automobile defects that can lead to a serious injury is the fire that results from a car accident that damages the fuel system. Due to safety improvements and greater technology, less fires occur due to a car accident, but they still do exist. With placement of the gas tank being a contributing factor to the fires, many manufacturers have failed to implement a safety feature that can prevent fuel leaks, even though experts have testified that these only cost a few additional cents per vehicle. The NHTSA has also written on this subject several times. Below are some of the more common situations for a fuel-fed fire.
- Seam weld failure in the fuel tank
- Lack of a fuel cut-off device
- Filler cap neck separation
- Lack of an anti-siphoning device to thwart continued gas flow after a collision
- A fire from an added fuel tank that is unprotected by the vehicle’s frame
- Fuel line tearing or separation of the fuel line from the carburetor, fuel pump, or fuel tank
- Placement of fuel tank under the trunk floor
- Lack of a barrier or shield to prevent a fuel tank rupture
- Fuel tank puncture due to poor design (e.g., a protruding bolt or other object)
SUV Rollover Accidents
SUV Rollover Accidents occur frequently on highways and roads in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Since the development of the SUV car companies have tried to make them safer, however these SUV’s continue to cause injuries and deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued statements regarding these popular vehicles stating that they are unsafe and have a high risk of rollover. SUV’s have a high center of gravity that makes them more likely to flip over on a highway or after a sharp turn.
Rollover accidents are especially dangerous because the top of the car is not as strong as the rest of the car. If automakers continue to make these SUV’s in a way that is unsafe, they are not protecting those who purchase the cars. Typical injuries that occur from a rollover accident include:
- Serious spinal cord injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Upper body and neck injuries
- Neck injuries
- Facial lacerations and disfigurement
- Broken or fractured bones
If you have been injured by a rollover SUV accident and believe it was due to the negligence of the car company, you should immediately contact an attorney. The time to file a lawsuit is strict and an experienced personal injury attorney can help you to understand the process. An SUV accident is a confusing and frightening time in your life and competent attorneys who listen and are experienced are important.
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Attorney Paul d’Oliveira and his Associate Attorneys have settled thousands of personal injury cases over the past 25 years. We know who the best Defective Automobile Lawyers are for your specific type of case in RI and MA and are committed to helping you find the best lawyer to represent you. Remember the attorneys we work with do not charge a fee until you recover an award or a settlement for your case. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, Defective Auto cases are referred to a local attorney in your area who is experienced in litigating these types of cases.
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