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The important point to remember is that cars and their components must be designed and manufactured to be reasonably safe, taking into account all foreseeable crash modes, dangers and available safety features and alternative designs. Despite steady advances in automotive safety, auto defects are still widespread. Millions of defective cars capable of causing severe injuries and death in otherwise unremarkable accidents remain on the road today, but few realize the nature and scope of the problem. Given the devastating nature of the injuries often caused by auto defects, available insurance coverage is often insufficient to provide for the injured party’s losses and future needs, leaving an auto defect case against the auto manufacturer as the only hope for adequate compensation.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an Illinois auto accident, then call Chicago auto defect attorney, Aaron Bryant, for a free consultation at (312) 614-1076.
There are many types causes for car accidents. One cause that is often neglected is an auto defect. If you have been injured in a serious car crash or car accident, then call the attorneys at the Bryant Law Group for a free consulation on your potential Illinois auto defect case.
There are two types of auto defect cases. One type of auto product liability case arises when a car defect causes the accident which results in serious injury or death. These types of auto defects are referred to as crash causing defects. An example of a crash causing auto defect is the tread separation of a defective tire which results in the driver losing control of the vehicle.
The other type of auto defect case arises when a vehicle fails to provide reasonable crash protection to its occupants. This type of case is often referred to as a crashworthiness case. Since approximately 1965, automotive manufacturers have been required to design crashworthy cars. The crashworthiness doctrine recognizes that accidents are statistically inevitable and that automotive manufacturers have a duty to eliminate unreasonable risks and provide reasonable protection to occupants in accidents.
All crashworthy vehicle designs take into account the same five general crashworthiness principles. Specifically, a crashworthy vehicle must be designed to: (1) control energy from the collision; (2) maintain occupant survival space and minimize intrusion into the passenger compartment; (3) package or compartmentalize each seating position; (4) adequately restrain occupants and prevent ejection; and (5) prevent vehicle fires. Basic features utilized to improve a vehicle’s crashworthiness are seat belts, air bags, interior padding, crumple zones, laminated glass and strong roofs. These and other lesser known safety features are considered “on the shelf” technology and, in some instances, have been available for decades. As a result of the auto manufacturers’ failure to incorporate readily available safety features into their vehicles, thousands have been needlessly injured or killed in what should have been uneventful, survivable collisions.
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