Vehicle accidents can happen at any time, even to the most careful of drivers. However, when you are in a crash and are injured as a result of a defect in the vehicle’s design or manufacture that was the cause of your injuries then you should speak to an Alabama Automobile Defects Attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.
When a manufacturer is aware of a defect in their vehicle that can cause severe harm to a driver, in the event of a wreck, and they continue selling the automobile without changing the defect (because it is more profitable to continue making the vehicle with the defect) then they are showing a negligent disregard for the safety of the family that purchases the vehicle.
Automotive defects can include such things as defective seat belts, air bags, roofs, gas tanks, car doors, and tires. Sometimes companies believe it might be more profitable to continue selling the automobile as it is then to make the necessary changes to the vehicle in order to rectify the defect. This is why it is important to get an Alabama Automobile Defects lawyer to represent you as soon as possible once the defect is realized.
An example of this was the Ford Pinto cases, whereby the gas tank was in a position where it often exploded upon impact in a rear-end collision. These cause serious injuries and death to the passengers and drivers involved. Ford decided that they would not make the necessary changes to make their vehicles safer since, they reasoned, that it would costs more to do this than to just “payout” the victims of these crashes in law suits due to the defective design.
An automobile can have defective tires, defective airbags, and defective door latches too. Airbags in consumer automobiles have now been a requirement since 1994. Our automobile defect lawyer can help to determine whether you may have a claim, so give us a call today at (205) 201-1789 for a free consultation with a Birmingham products liability lawyer.
Three main ways in which airbags can be defective and cause injuries are: 1) the airbag not deploying at all; 2) the airbag deploying due to a small bump in the road and actually causing the resulting accident; 3) the gas used for airbag inflation is not filtered correctly causing dangerous chemicals to get out and burn the occupants of the vehicle that it is supposed to protect.
SUV’s are very popular and continue to be used on our roadways. However, when a wreck occurs these type of vehicles are prone to rolling over due to their narrow track width and high profile. When they do roll over they pose an exceptional danger to the occupant due to the fragile nature of most SUV roofs (causing occupants to be ejected and potentially resulting in very serious injury or death).
To illustrate the dangerous nature of this problem, SUV rollovers make up only 4% of all vehicle accidents, but nearly one-third of all vehicle deaths. Fifteen passenger vans are also prone to rollovers due to their design. When it is filled to capacity the center of gravity shifts back and upwards.
This makes the vehicle twice as likely to roll over in an accident. Therefore, these vehicles (when used properly) are prone to dangerous rollovers during accidents. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured as a result of a rollover during an automobile accident then give our Birmingham, Alabama SUV Rollover Attorneys a call for a free discussion of your case at (205) 201-1789.+