Atlanta Crashworthiness Attorney
What Is Crashworthiness?
Before an automaker releases a vehicle to the public, they are expected to put it through rigorous testing to ensure that its crashworthiness, or its ability to prevent injuries to the occupants in the event of a crash, is up to par. Unfortunately, automakers do not always comply with these standards as they should, and consumers end up paying the price.
If you have sustained considerable losses because of a defective, uncrashworthy vehicle, you may have a viable claim against the responsible manufacturer. Contact the experienced Atlanta auto product liability attorneys at the Grant Law Office for a comprehensive case evaluation. We will help you determine the best approach to your injury claim and get you the compensation you need to recover. Call us today at (404) 995-3955 to speak with one of our dedicated team members now.
Faulty Design, Crashworthiness, and Liability
During an auto accident, crashworthiness deals primarily with the secondary collision in which the occupants collide against the vehicle’s interior. An effective crashworthy vehicle should be able to diminish the dangerous second impact by distributing and directing the force towards less vital parts of the body to lessen the damage. Features which contribute towards better crashworthiness include seat belts, crumple zones, air bags, etc.
Design plays heavily into a vehicle’s crashworthiness. If a safety component of a vehicle fails to consistently operate as it should in multiple tests, the automaker has the duty to address and improve the defective component for the purposes of consumer safety. In other words, the vehicle and its components must be safe for any reasonably foreseeable use. Neglect of this duty can constitute liability if it leads to an injury or death.
It is important to remember that crashworthiness has nothing to do with the cause of an accident. Rather, the concept is used to hold a vehicle manufacturer liable for injuries sustained in a crash because of a defect that caused or exacerbated the injuries suffered in the incident.
Proving Damages in a Crashworthiness Case
It can be difficult to establish damages in a crashworthiness case since injuries caused by a vehicle’s crashworthiness (or lack of it) are considered separate from the injuries caused by the accident itself. Attorneys in these cases often have to draw testimony from medical experts, expert vehicle designers, safety consultants, and other relevant professionals in order to establish a connection between damages and crashworthiness.
The Right Attorney for You
At the Grant Law Office, our Georgia lawyers have the legal knowledge, resources, and skills to establish crashworthiness as an element of your claim. To learn more about your legal options in a free consultation, call our office at (866) 249-5513 or submit an online contact form, and we will get back to you soon.