Statistics from the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) note there will be 1.3 million annual deaths caused by car accidents. That breaks down to 3,287 daily fatalities. People ages 15 to 44 are the most likely victims. Even in nonfatal accidents, anywhere from 20 to 50 million people will suffer from an injury may leave them disabled. If you’ve been in an accident like this, you may be eligible to receive a settlement from a crashworthiness lawsuit if you contact an attorney.
What Is Crashworthiness?
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines crashworthiness as “occupant protection to reduce the number of fatal and serious injuries that occur in the United States each year.” This protection may include research in areas like frontal crash protection, motorcycle helmets, hand controls, vehicle fire safety, air bags, rear-seat occupant safety, school bus safety, heavy truck safety, and alternative fuel sources.
What Vehicle Defects May Lead to a Crashworthiness Lawsuit?
If you were in a car accident recently or experienced any vehicular defects that caused an accident, your case may qualify as a crashworthiness lawsuit. If you experienced any of the following, make sure to contact a lawyer today, as you may be eligible for compensation:
- Stability failure — Also known as rollover failure, if your car flipped over, the roof can easily cave in. Stability problems are more likely to occur with trucks than other vehicles.
- Roof cave-ins — According to research, roof cave-ins annually kill over 10,000 people. Your roof can collapse from more than just stability failure. If your windshield breaks, the roof is inevitably going to cave in.
- Air bag failure — You depend on your air bags in an accident to deploy and minimize damage. Car defects do happen though, and your air bag may not deploy when you really need it. This could lead to severe injuries and even death.
- Seatbelt malfunctions — Your seatbelt is one of the most important life-saving parts of your car. These keep your body from flying out of the vehicle in the event of an accident. If the seatbelt is taut or comes undone during an accident though, this can also lead to serious injuries and death.
- Fires from car fuel — You may not know there’s an issue with your vehicle’s fuel system until it’s too late. If the fuel tank is somehow opened, whether from corrosion or another cause, fuel can easily leak and catch the entire vehicle on fire. The car can also explode.
What Should You Do If You Believe You’re the Victim of a Crashworthiness Case?
If you believe that you’re a victim of a crashworthiness case, it helps to know your rights. Contact an attorney who can help you get the justice you deserve. You can call our law firm today or fill out our free case evaluation form. You’ll be able to speak to an attorney who can give you more information and let you know whether you have a case.
What Should You Expect During a Crashworthiness Lawsuit?
Once you speak to one of our lawyers, they will review the accident in detail. If anyone else suffered an injury from the accident, the lawyer will look into this as well. During this time, our legal staff will determine what led to the accident and whether it was one of the defects mentioned above. If the lawyer decides that a defect caused the accident, then you do indeed have a crashworthiness lawsuit and you may be eligible for compensation from the car parts manufacturer or the vehicle manufacturer.
If you’ve suffered an injury from a recent car accident that you believed was caused by a vehicular defect, or if a loved one has died from such an injury, you should get the compensation you deserve. Our firm has a successful track record of handling crashworthiness cases. Call today to learn more.