Auto Product Liability Attorney
Defective Auto Parts and Car Accidents
Not all auto accidents are caused by driver negligence or error. In fact, some car accidents are caused by defective auto parts. Automotive product liability is an important issue to address, as even one small auto part that is defective may cause a serious or potentially fatal accident to occur. Automobile manufacturers throughout the United States have a legal obligation to ensure their products are free from design or manufacturing defects. However, at times products will be released that are faulty or that will malfunction in certain situations. When this occurs, all consumers using those products and people sharing the road with these consumers will be in danger of involvement in a motor vehicle accident.
Experienced Accident Attorney
Were you involved in an auto accident that occurred because of a defective product? Consulting a lawyer is important if you are to have the best opportunity at a positive case outcome and of recovering financial compensation for your injuries. At Pacific Attorney Group, we help clients throughout the greater LA area with these claims and may be able to assist you no matter what your case entails, such as:
Tires are undoubtedly one of the most important parts of the entire vehicle. Should they be defective or malfunction any way, such as in a tire blowout, they can be the cause of severe accidents. No matter whether the tread is separating or they are created in the wrong shape, we can help you in the filing of a claim.
One of the first lines of defense for drivers and passengers is the seat belt. These, however, are not always flawless and can sometimes aggravate an injury instead of prevent one. Common causes of failures with seat belts include ones that release during a crash, or have design & manufacturing flaws.
The primary purpose of having airbags installed in a vehicle is to prevent injuries, not cause them. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. In some cases, an airbag can fail to deploy, can deploy at the wrong time or could even cause worse injuries due to a flaw in the design or manufacturing.
Defective Door Latches
Although taken for granted, the truth is that a door latch could mean the different between life and death during a car accident. Should it open during a crash or fail to open when a vehicle is submerged in water, it can cause unnecessary injuries and even the possibility of a fatality.
In some crashes, should the vehicle rollover, it is up to the design and manufacture of the roof to ensure the safety of all occupants in the car. When the roof is designed or made shoddily, it can cave in or crumple, limiting the space allowing a passenger to survive or even be the cause of a catastrophic injury.
No matter the exact details of your case or the exact part of the vehicle that caused your injury, you can trust our firm to step up to fight for your legal rights. Our firm takes on all other types of motor vehicle accident claims and cases that involve defective auto parts. We are also happy to offer a free initial consultation regarding your case. For the legal help you deserve, contact an accident attorney.
Injuries Sustained From Defective Airbags
California Auto Product Liability Attorney
Although airbags are important safety features that all newer vehicles utilize, adefective airbag may cause serious injury in an accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident as the result of a defective airbag, please contact a personal injury attorney at our law firm as soon as possible. The experienced legal team at Pacific Attorney Group may be able to assist you in taking legal action against the manufacturer of your vehicle or any other party that may be responsible. Although this will depend on your particular case, we may be able to recover a significant amount of financial compensation for our injuries, including money for medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional damages as well.
How do airbag injuries occur?
An airbag is designed to deploy in the event of an accident, protecting the driver or passenger from direct impact with the steering column or dashboard. Some vehicles have side airbags as well to protect occupants in side impact collisions. Unfortunately, a defective airbag may malfunction and deploy when it is not supposed to. This may cause an accident to occur and may result in serious injury to the individual hit by the airbag.
An airbag may fail to deploy in the event of an auto accident, meaning the victim will suffer increased injury. Even when an airbag deploys at the right time, if it is designed or manufactured with a defect, this may cause a driver or passenger to suffer serious facial injury from the impact. While some minor scrapes and bruises are commonplace when an airbag deploys, a faulty airbag may cause serious injury to the face and/or hands, resulting in scarring or disfigurement.
Defective Door Latches & Auto Accidents
Automotive Product Liability Attorney
In the event of an auto accident, a defective door latch may mean the difference between life and death for a driver or passenger. A defective door latch may open in the event of an accident and may result in an occupant being ejected from the vehicle. Or, a door latch may fail to open after an accident or may malfunction under water if a vehicle is submerged, preventing the occupant to exit the vehicle for his or her own safety.
At Pacific Attorney Group, our lawyers handle all types of automotive product liability claims involving defective doors, door latches, windows and tailgates. We understand that a single defective part in a car, truck or SUV may cause catastrophic injury or even death in the event of an accident, or that a faulty auto part may cause an accident to occur. When you talk to an Automotive Product Liability Attorney at our firm, we will take the time to address your concerns, review the incident, and determine how we can best help you. It is our goal to offer you the support and legal guidance you need so you can face a brighter future.
Lawsuits for Defective Door Latches in CA
Handling defective product claims involving auto accidents may be difficult, particularly when the issue at hand is a single door latch or structure of a door or tailgate. However, our attorneys have over three decades of legal experience and extensive resources to apply to these cases. We can fully investigate the claim as well as any similar accidents that other owners of your vehicle’s make and model may have experienced, to determine how to bring a successful lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Helping Victims of Defective Seat Belts
If you were involved in an auto accident and suffered serious injury or lost a loved one because of a defective seat belt, contact a Defective Seat Belt Attorney at our firm. Your initial consultation is free, and we will be happy to talk to you about the particular incident and how we may be able to assist you in taking legal action against the manufacturer for a design or manufacturing defect.
When a seat belt works properly, it is one of the most important safety features a vehicle has. It serves to hold the driver in his or her seat and may work to prevent a driver from striking the dashboard or windshield, or from falling out of the seat and being ejected from the vehicle in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, when a seat belt malfunctions, the results may be catastrophic.
Different Types of Seat belt Failures
Seat belts serve an ultimate purpose which is to save a person’s life in the event of an auto accident. However, seat belts do not always work the way they were intended to. People, who are injured due to a defective seat belt, may have foundation for a lawsuit against the party responsible for their injuries or the seatbelt’s manufacturer. Depending on the situation, a passenger or the driver wearing a seatbelt as required by law can still potentially suffer serious injury.
The following is a list of various seatbelt malfunctions that may occur:
- Release – This is the case when a seatbelt breaks or unfastens during a collision. In a high-speed collision, a seatbelt that unfastens when it shouldn’t can cause the driver or passenger to be ejected from the automobile.
- Release Malfunction – For example, a car is submerged in water or encapsulated in fire after a collision and the seatbelt refuses to unclasp, this will result in the occupant being trapped in the car, which may lead to a fatality.
- Design Flaws – This particularly dangerous if the seatbelt rests on an improper position on a passenger’s body, which would lead to internal organs being affected due to the seatbelt design
- Manufacturing Flaws – Just like in the other examples, a seatbelt defective from the manufacturer may release, fail to release, or break during a collision.
A seat belt may not perform properly if it is poorly designed or if it has a manufacturing defect that prevents it from working as it should. In these instances, the seat belt may fail entirely, allowing the driver to essentially ricochet around the interior of the car during the collision or perhaps be ejected entirely. A seat belt may also fail to lock and hold the driver, meaning that he or she will travel further from the seat than the belt should allow. This may result in impact with the steering column or dashboard.
In some cases, a seat belt will be designed in such a manner as to hit a driver at the wrong part of the body, resulting in seat belt injury when an accident does occur (even if the belt locks in place.) No matter the circumstances of your auto accident or what injury you have sustained, it is crucial that you consider consulting an attorney regarding your case. A defective seatbelt may have caused you or a passenger to sustain increased injury and if this is the case the manufacturer should be held accountable.
Defective Tires / Tire Blowouts
In the blink of an eye, a defective tire may cause an auto accident to occur. A tire blowout may result in a driver losing control or may mean that the tire tread will separate from the rest of the vehicle and land in the way of another vehicle, causing another accident. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle, truck, SUV or car accident as a result of a defective tire, you may be entitled to take legal action against the manufacturer. A lawyer at our firm can help you explore your legal options and bring a lawsuit against the responsible company.
Defective Tire Accidents & Injuries
A defective tire puts the driver of the affected vehicle as well as all other motorists on the road in danger of injury. If the driver loses control as a result of a tire blowout, the tire may separate from the vehicle into traffic, resulting in a separate accident. The initial vehicle may also collide with one or more other vehicles after the driver loses control, causing a multi-vehicle accident.
Any type of motor vehicle may be at risk of being involved in an accident due to a defective tire, but vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as an SUV or truck, may be at an increased risk of rollover or of the driver losing control in the event of a tire blowout. Defective tires are particularly dangerous when used at high speeds, such as on freeways where a vehicle’s speed may exceed 60 miles per hour.
“Roof Crush” in a California Auto Accident
The Dangers of Roof Cave-Ins During Rollover Accidents
In the event of a rollover accident, roof crush is a primary concern. This occurs when the roof of the vehicle caves in or crumples in a rollover or other accident, severely limiting the amount of space a driver or passenger has to survive. When the roof is crushed in this manner, large spaces may open up in the roof and this may result in passenger ejection from the vehicle. Whether the passenger stays in or is ejected from the vehicle, however, the result of a roof crush may be catastrophic.
If you or a loved one was involved in an auto accident that resulted in roof crush, please contact a car accident attorney at our offices as soon as possible. Pacific Attorney Group is dedicated to representing accident and injury victims and is experienced in dealing with automotive product liability claims as they involve defective products. When you work with a car accident attorney at our firm, we can investigate what circumstances led to the accident as well as whether you may have grounds for a product liability claim against the manufacturer of your vehicle for substandard roof strength.
A driver or passenger may be at an increased risk of injury if the vehicle is not properly designed or manufactured and therefore lacks in roof strength. When the roof caves in, any occupant in the vehicle will be at risk of suffering severe head trauma, spinal cord injury or neck injury. This may result in paralysis or traumatic brain injury, changing the victim’s life forever. Roof crush in a rollover accident may also result in death. Contact an accident attorney if you have been injured in a rollover crash.
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