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 our California clients’ injuries. To find out more about what our experienced product liability lawyers can do for you, call us today at (408) 292-2434.
A Plethora Of Defects Can Potentially Cause You Injury
At our firm, we see many injuries related to faulty auto parts and design. Common culprits for injury include:
- Failed seat belt clasps
- Roof crushes
- Defective air bags
- SUV rollovers
- Tire blowouts
- Failed door locks
- Windshield flaws
- Seat back failure
- Defective brakes
Some Design Flaws Are More Prevalent Than Others
Automotive manufactures know that the higher the center of gravity on an SUV, the more prone it is to roll over 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, a standard of foreseeability and duty of care must be considered: If someone could have — or should have — foreseen a danger associated with his or her actions, then that person had a duty of care to prevent the possibility of injury to others. In the case of SUV rollovers, auto manufacturers have crash test data and information related to roof crush that clearly allow 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 toward consumers who are injured or killed.
Contact Us Today To Find Out If You Have A Case
If you have lost a family member or suffered a serious injury due to an SUV rollover or defective auto part, contact a San Jose injury attorney today. We consult experienced life care planners and medical economists to ensure that our clients receive just compensation for head trauma, spinal cord injuries, amputations and disfigurement that often lead to long-term disability and diminished quality of life. We have the resources to help you recover the compensation you need and deserve, so
send us an email or call us at (408) 292-2434 today.