Vehicle manufacturers try to make their cars as safe as possible through constant testing and data analysis. Their primary goal is to increase a car’s ability to withstand a crash. However, defective safety features and design flaws could worsen a car accident. Even if a car’s crashworthiness wasn’t the direct cause of your accident, the manufacturer could still be liable.844-334-4388
Crashworthiness is a vehicle’s ability to protect all occupants during a collision. While a vehicle’s crashworthiness doesn’t guarantee you won’t sustain injuries in an accident, it certainly reduces the severity of your crash.
Vehicle part manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their car is reasonably safe should a collision occur and that all safety features perform as promised. The crashworthiness doctrine states that vehicle manufacturers could be liable if a design defect increased the severity of a crash.
New technology and innovations have made cars more crash-worthy than ever before. Researchers are continuously gathering data from tests to see what best protects a vehicle’s occupants, which goes far beyond seat belts and airbags. Much of what makes a car crash-worthy has to do with its materials.
Materials like different types of foam have been tested to see how they help absorb the impact of a collision. Researchers have also experimented with various vehicle designs that improve a car’s structural integrity. Whether it be through new safety additions or design tweaks, drivers should understand their car’s crashworthiness in the event of an accident.
Here are some of the many features used to improve crashworthiness:
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducts several tests to evaluate a vehicle’s crashworthiness, which include the following:
Despite the numerous tests and research to improve a vehicle’s crashworthiness, accidents still cause injuries and death. This is especially true if safety features don’t perform as they should. In this case, the vehicle manufacturer could be partially at fault for your accident. They might only be partially at fault because the defective safety feature likely wasn’t the direct cause of your accident.
However, the vehicle’s defect or design flaw could have made your accident much worse. For example, suppose a negligent driver ran a red light and T-boned your car. If your airbags failed to deploy during the accident, you could have suffered more severe injuries. In this case, you could recover compensation from the at-fault driver as well as the vehicle part manufacturer for installing defective airbags.
In addition to airbags and seatbelts, there are other defects that could have increased the severity of your accident, including the following:
A car accident attorney at Kemmy Law Firm will personally investigate your case and gather the evidence needed to strengthen your claim. Your attorney must prove that the vehicle’s design or system failure increased the severity of your accident.
We’ll recruit the help of expert witnesses like accident reconstructionists to determine the cause of your accident and hold all liable parties accountable. Contact us today at (210) 750-1019 for a free consultation.
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