At Baron & Herskowitz, we represent individuals that are injured in auto accidents caused or worsened by defective auto parts and/or safety equipment. If you or someone you love is involved in a Florida auto accident that you believe may have been caused by a defective or faulty product, contact us for help today.
Although driver error contributes to many motor vehicle accidents, defective auto parts and the vehicle’s crashworthiness are two factors that must also be considered when determining liability in an auto accident claim. For example, there may be a problem with the product’s design, the way it was made, or even the way it was marketed and sold.
Types of Defective Auto PartsIf a tire explodes or brakes fail to work, the results can be disastrous. Each year, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed in accidents caused by faulty car parts and ineffective safety equipment. The following are some examples of defective auto parts that can result in serious injuries:
- Defective Airbags: Automobile airbags have caused or contributed to thousands of deaths and serious injury in numerous cases where the airbag accidentally deploys, deploys improperly, or is not designed properly to protect the occupants in the vehicle.
- Defective Seatbelts: When a vehicle has a seatbelt system failure it can contribute to serious injury or even a passenger being ejected from the vehicle during an automobile accident.
- Fuel-Fed Fires: Automotive fires that are a result of fuel system failures or flawed designs typically involve life threatening fire or heat-induced injuries sustained after an initial survivable car accident.
- Roof Crush Claims: These incidents occur in motor vehicles when the structure of an automobile’s roof is compromised and the car’s roof fails to withstand a rollover accident causing serious injury or death to the car’s occupants. This might possibly be due to poor design or even a manufacturer’s defect.
- Seatback Failures: Automotive seatback failure occurs when the front seats of a vehicle fail to stay upright in a rear-end collision which typically is a life threatening defect.
- Tire Defects: Defective automobile tires have been a major issue in recent years. The most common occurrence is due to manufacturer’s defects causing tread separation. Tire defects have been the cause of many vehicle accidents resulting in catastrophic injury and tragic death.
- Faulty brakes: When brakes go out and fail to work, the results can be fatal, especially if the vehicle is traveling at high speeds or down windy roads.
- Trailer Sway: Trailer Sway, commonly known as the fish tailing or side-to-side action of an RV trailer as an automobile is pulling it. This movement can easily cause the tow vehicle to become unstable and roll over causing a roadway accident.
- SUV Rollovers: Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) Rollovers, commonly occur due to a SUVs’ higher center of gravity and narrower track width; which cause thousands of automotive fatalities and injuries annually.
In crashworthiness cases the cause of the collision is not the issue, but rather what the manufacturer could and should have done to ensure a vehicle’s overall structural integrity and its ability to protect the occupants from injury in the event of a collision. As technology advances and new safety standards are issued, car manufacturers must adhere to the new standards and improve the crashworthiness of their vehicles. If a motor vehicle fails to comply with federal regulations, the manufacturer may be held liable.
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Baron & Herskowitz has extensive experience in cases involving defective products, including defective and unsafe auto parts. Our attorneys are highly familiar with Florida product liability laws and are not afraid to stand up to the largest auto manufacturers and their insurance companies. To schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney from our firm, contact us today.