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How will I know if I got hurt due to a defective car or truck?

If you’re asking, you should find out. The truth is, it’s hard to tell if cars are defective without engineering or industry experts, which an experienced injury lawyer can find. A commonsense rule is this: if you suffer injury or the death of a loved one from an inexplicable crash or failure of a safety device that should have prevented or minimized injury, you may have a case.

Here are common defective car cases:

  • Defective airbags. Airbags don’t deploy in a serious crash, causing death, brain injuries, paralysis, broken or crushed jaws and faces, or chest crush injuries. Or sometimes they deploy improperly, shooting metal particles into victims’ faces like the Takata airbag. And sometimes they deploy for no reason at all, which could cause a serious or lethal traffic accident, facial burns, and broken bones in the face or jaw.
  • Defective tires. Tire tread separation or blowouts can cause violent crashes with lethal or life-threatening injuries.
  • Rollovers. Cars designed with faulty handling, suspension, or stability systems can tip over for no justifiable reason or from low speed fender-benders. Tragedy can result from rollover injuries, including paralysis or even death.
  • Defective seatbelts. Safety latches fail to keep victims buckled in crashes, causing needless injury or worse.
  • Defective door latches. A door opening for no reason while a car is in motion is scary. If it happens in a crash, a misadventure can become a catastrophe if a passenger is thrown out to crash onto pavement, down an embankment, or even get run over.
  • Defective cruise control. If it doesn’t shut off when you tell it to, your car becomes an unstoppable menace until it meets an immovable object, like a stopped car or a tree, often causing a devastating crash.
  • Extreme damage from low-speed wrecks. If damage to the car—and the occupants—is far greater than the impact justifies, the car may be defectively designed. Cases like this can feature crushed roofs when the car tips over,  or intrusion by car components like the dash or door into its passengers.
  • Fires. Movies are not real life. If a car explodes or bursts into flame from a little fender-bender or for no reason at all, there may be a defect explaining it.

Get Help By Helping Yourself

If you wonder whether you got hurt or lost a loved one because your car or truck is defective, take two simple steps that may save your case:

  • Keep the car at a place where it can be protected from thieves and weather. Do not get it repaired before it can be examined thoroughly.
  • Contact a personal injury lawyer to investigate your case.

When you come to Holland & Usry, PA, we begin with a free strategy session to get the facts and begin our investigation to protect your rights and get you some answers. Feel free to start with an email right where you are so we can schedule your free meeting. You can’t solve this yourself, and any calls to Detroit will go unanswered. You need a professional who can tell you whether you’ve got a legal case worth the investment of your time and who might just give you peace of mind, whether you have a case or not.

 

Rob Usry
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Rob is a South Carolina personal injury and criminal defense lawyer.

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