Defective Auto Design & Auto Parts

San Jose Product Liability Lawyer

Auto manufacturers can be held liable for defective auto parts and automotive design flaws that cause injuries and fatalities. While the car industry has been mindful of certain safety issues, it has consistently fought suggestions by consumer and safety groups interested in safer, better designs for cars, trucks, and SUVs. At Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation, our San Jose personal injury attorneys work with design engineers, safety experts, and lab specialists in exposing auto defects that injure or kill people.

Our office gathers company records, memos, and crash test data related to known risks and safety issues related to roof strength, side impacts, seat belt clasps, and SUV rollovers. We identify these risks and design flaws and establish a link between them and the injuries sustained by our client.

Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation​ represents clients injured due to the following:

  • Failed seat belt clasp;
  • Roof crush;
  • Defective airbag;
  • SUV rollover;
  • Tire blowout;
  • Failed door locks;
  • Windshield flaws;
  • Seat back failure; and
  • Defective brakes

SUV Rollovers and Design Flaws

Automotive manufactures are aware of the fact that the higher the center of gravity on an SUV, the more prone it is to rollover in an accident. While there is now federal legislation requiring a roof to withstand 1.5 times a vehicle's weight, consumer safety groups have consistently lobbied for more stringent requirements. This has led auto manufacturers to argue they cannot be held liable for rollover-roof crush accident injuries if they meet standard requirements.

In liability law, however, there is a standard of foreseeability and duty of care that must be considered: if someone could have—or should have—foreseen a danger associated with their actions, they have a duty of care to prevent the possibility of injury to others. In the case of SUV rollovers, auto manufactures have crash test data and information related to roof crush that clearly allows them to foresee dangers associated with their design. Their failure to strengthen roofs, lower the center of gravity or install roll bars may constitute a violation of their duty of care towards consumers who are injured or killed.

Not sure if you have a case? Contact a San Jose injury lawyer today!

If you have lost a family member or have suffered a serious injury due to a SUV rollover or defective auto part, contact a San Jose injury attorney today. We consult experienced life care planners and medical economists in order to ensure our clients receive just compensation for head trauma, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and disfigurement that often leads to long-term disability and diminished quality of life. We have the resources to help you recover the compensation you need and deserve.

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