Car accidents sometimes happen due to a flaw in the design of a vehicle. Errors made during the design process can lead to serious safety risks and critical injury. Automobile design defects are among the top 25 causes of car crashes.
During the planning and development stages, auto manufacturers have a responsibility to test all components for potential safety hazards before production. They can be held liable for accidents that occur as the result of a design defect if there was a foreseeable risk posed by the product when used as intended.
In cases where the car designer could have made alternative design choices or modifications to prevent or minimize the risk of injury, consumers may be entitled to legal compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by an automotive design defect, the experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can discuss your options for pursuing a product liability claim against the manufacturer.
How to Protect Yourself From Design Defects
Design defects can apply to a vehicle’s engine, accelerator, brakes, seatbelts, tires, or airbags. For instance, the recent Takata airbag recall affecting millions of vehicles was partially attributed to a design flaw.
The New York Times reported that an investigation of company documents revealed that Takata engineers were aware of an issue with the inflator’s canister that “made its structure vulnerable to splitting and rupturing,” but failed to correct the problem. This debacle has caused hundreds of injuries, and at least eight deaths in the United States.
The first step in protecting yourself and your vehicle is by being aware of the possible types of defects and their ramifications. Examples of problems that a defective car part may cause include:
- Fuel line fires
- Seat collapse
- Tire blowouts
- Unintended acceleration
- Airbag failure
- Door latch failure
- Seatbelt malfunction
- Ignition breakdown
In addition, you should stay up to date on current news regarding automotive design defects and vehicle recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the latest information on recalls and motor vehicle design defects through its toll-free NHTSA hotline. You can also check Safecar.gov to see if your particular vehicle’s make and model has been affected by a recent recall.
How Our Chicago Auto Accident Lawyers Can Help
In Illinois, product liability laws may allow consumers to pursue compensation from car manufacturers who allow vehicles with design defects to be sold. If you recently suffered injuries from an auto accident caused by a vehicle defect, the experienced product liability attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. are ready to help you seek the compensation that you deserve.
Our Chicago team has successfully fought on behalf of numerous car accident victims and obtained compensation for their accident-related medical expenses, hospital visits, pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, emotional anguish, and other costs.
The aftermath of an unexpected accident can be overwhelming and create unwanted disruptions in your life. That’s why Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. wants to make your recovery process as stress-free as possible. We will take care of the complex paperwork, and prepare a strong case for why you deserve compensation for your injuries.
We offer a free initial consultation and do not charge for our services unless you receive compensation. Want to learn more about your legal options? Call our office today at (312) 236-2900 to make an appointment.
Don’t miss this article: Top 25 Causes of Car Accidents and What You Can Do To Prevent Them. For this month of October, the Illinois attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. will be developing a blog series breaking down these leading causes of car crashes.