Sacramento Auto Defect Attorneys
Auto Defects Can Cause Serious Accidents
Despite the safety gains some automobile manufacturers have made in the past several decades, auto defects remain a major factor in car accidents that kill hundreds of people and injure thousands more every year in California. In many cases, victims are either uncertain or unaware that a defect may have caused their accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident and you suspect an auto defect may be at fault, it is vitally important to immediately contact a professional personal injury firm like Demas Law Group, which has a 20-year track record of investigating auto defect cases and winning automobile product liability lawsuits.
Common Auto Defects We Deal With
California product liability laws help put the ordinary citizen injured by an automobile defect on a level legal playing field with large corporations, which vigorously fight such claims. With an attorney that specializes in product liability issues, you have a better chance of winning fair compensation for your injuries. Below are some of the more common auto defects that cause injury accidents.
Seat-back failure occurs when the driver or passenger seat breaks near the hinge area and folds violently backward into a flat-out position. This most often occurs in rear-end collisions, resulting in serious and potentially fatal trauma to the spinal cord, neck and brain. Seat back failure can also occur with rear seats, which are often occupied by children.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates 46 million tires have been recalled for safety reasons since 1966. A defective tire can fail and cause serious and fatal injuries. The tread can become detached from the carcass, causing a blowout, one of the leading causes of rollover accidents. Defective tire sidewalls and beads can cause similar results. Loss of air pressure from a defective or improperly installed tire can lead to loss of control of the vehicle and a serious auto injury accident.
According to Consumer Reports, rollovers account for just 3 percent of all accidents but nearly one-third of all accident fatalities. In a rollover accident, the wheels leave the ground, the driver loses control and the vehicle flips. Occupants can be ejected from the car, suffer serious injuries from colliding with another automobile, or become trapped inside a burning vehicle. Mid-sized pickups and SUVs, with their narrow tracks and high centers of gravity, are far more likely to be involved in rollovers than other passenger vehicles. Surprisingly, there are no safety standards specifically for rollovers, but the manufacturers must account for the car’s performance in a rollover. If the car is deemed defective, the manufacturer can be held liable.
Roof failure, or roof crush, occurs most commonly in rollover accidents, and is one of the main reasons rollovers can be so deadly. As the roof collapses from the weight of the chassis and the force of the collision, support columns bend and windows break, allowing passengers to be ejected from the vehicle. The violent force of the roof collapsing on a passenger can cause serious head, neck and spinal trauma. The crushed roof may trap occupants in the car, exposing them to fire and other dangers. Many of the cars on the road today were built to federal roof strength standards that are now considered inadequate.