Is your car keeping you safe? Even if air bags do not go off? Can I sue?
There have been many people who realize that air bags are designed to keep you safe when driving. The common question is whether you can sue the manufacturer for the injuries you received when the air bags did not deploy. The answer: sometimes. A better answer to this question is another question:
Did the manufacturer design my car and everything in it, to keep me safe?It does not matter whether your car is a Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, Chevy, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Subaru, Nissan, Volkswagon, Lexus, or any other manufacturer. The truth is that there are many aspects of the car which are designed to keep you safe (just like airbags).
Car manufacturers are also a business. New vehicle sales in the United States is approximately $1 Trillion dollars (as of 2018) and the aftermarket / used car industry is around $400 billion (in 2019). With that much money on the line, car manufacturers are always looking to make a profit.
Sometimes, profit overrides safety.When profit overrides safety; be it the door latch, glazing on the window glass, or components on the seats, decisions in manufacturing are made which impact safety.
When you are hurt in a crash, either from another car, swerving from a deer, rolling over into a ditch, or any other related issue, often personal injuries attorney’s just look at your injuries for recovery.
What can you do?A crashworthiness or auto defect attorney will not only pursue the direct injury aspect of your case, but will look at the car and manufacturer to see what steps the company could have taken to protect you and make your car safer in the event of an accident.
So, while we recognize that air bags are designed to keep us safe and when they fail, we get hurt. Make sure to ask the other question, like if the air bags went off (or not) and I am hurt, did something else in the car fail to keep me safe? That is where an experienced crash worthiness attorney, with a national reach can help.