A safe vehicle design should ensure that little damage to or intrusion into the passenger compartment of the vehicle in the event of an auto accident. Unfortunately, sometimes auto manufacturers’ attempts at cutting costs lead to unsafe design that contain structural defects.
If you car has a structural defect and you are involved in an accident, the likelihood of injury or death increases dramatically. This is because structural defects allow for a car to collapse in ways it normally wouldn’t. For example, the frame of the car can be bent in ways that it should not which makes it more likely someone will be hurt.
Another example is when a passenger of a vehicle is unbelted because the seatbelt opened during the vehicle collision leaving the passenger unbelted during the collision.
There are many types of things that could be considered structural defects. Some examples include the following:
Structural defects often occur due to negligence. That is, someone is mistaken in what is required to ensure a safe passenger compartment in a vehicle. Other times, structural defects are the result of automotive companies trying to cut costs. Auto companies are under pressure to meet fuel efficiency requirements and the easiest way to do this is to make the car lighter. This can be done by using lighter steel. Instead of using lighter steel that is also stronger, auto manufacturers tend to use lighter steel that is cheaper and not as strong. Using structural adhesive is also cheaper than welding.
When manufacturers use cheaper and lighter structures to build a vehicle in order to meet fuel efficiency regulations, it results in creating safety risks.
If you’ve been in an auto accident and you believe you injuries were the result of a structural defect in your car, contact a lawyer as soon as you can. An experienced automotive products liability lawyer can advise you on your rights and remedies.
Last Modified: 05-05-2015 09:39 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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