Corpus Christi, South Texas Defective Auto and Product Attorney
We expect the automobiles we drive to be safe and capable of protecting us in the event of a crash. While most meet these criteria, some automobiles are affected by poor design or manufacturing practices. Such substandard production can lead to dangerous defects and the risk of serious accidents and personal injury, including the wrongful death of passengers. Most states have enacted laws that place strict liability on manufacturers, distributors, and retailers for products that cause injury or damage to consumers or property. Still, defects cause or contribute to thousands of accidents and injuries each year. As in other cases involving defective product liability, automobile defects can result from faulty design, shoddy production, or negligent or misleading marketing. When accidents occur, victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
At the Law Office of Scott A. Nelson, P.C., in Corpus Christi, our South Texas defective product attorney represents victims injured as a result of accidents caused by motor vehicle defects.
Crashworthiness and Vehicle Design Defects
One of the primary design elements of any automobile is its ability to protect occupants in the event of a collision. This is commonly referred to as the vehicle's crashworthiness. This concept extends to safety features that serve to reduce or eliminate injuries by decreasing and redirecting the occupants' force of impact against the interior of the vehicle, that prevent passengers from being thrown from the vehicle, and that minimize the risk of fire.
Design defects can compromise the crashworthiness of an automobile and contribute to or directly cause an accident. Some of the features that factor into a vehicle's crashworthiness include:
- Side impact zones
- Restraint system
- Front and rear crumple zones
- Properly functioning door latches
A defect in any of these design elements can render a vehicle "uncrashworthy." Though any motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause serious and even fatal injuries, in many cases the severity of the injuries is exacerbated by compromised crashworthiness. At the Law Office of Scott A. Nelson, P.C., in Corpus Christi, our South Texas defective product attorney has the resources to evaluate an accident and determine if there are grounds for an effective product liability claim. Scott Nelson is known for his skilled, aggressive representation and his diligence in securing appropriate compensation for accident victims.
Beyond defective design, faulty parts used in the assembly of an automobile can contribute to motor vehicle accidents. For example, the use of substandard tires can compromise a vehicle's crash-avoidance capability if they are prone to failure under the stresses of evasive maneuvers or hard braking. In other instances, defective tires can simply "come apart" at normal cruising speeds, causing vehicle rollovers or other types of accidents that often result in serious injuries or fatalities.
Manufacturing defects in a vehicle's brakes, engine and transmission, door locks and door handle springs and latches, cruise control devices, and safety glass can all play a role in causing serious injury in the event of an accident.
Marketing defects can include misrepresentation of the vehicle's capabilities and inadequate warnings regarding airbags or the danger of potential rollovers in SUVs.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident believed to be the result of an automotive defect, Corpus Christi and South Texas defective product attorney Scott Nelson will help you determine your legal options. He can also provide the representation needed to secure appropriate restitution for injuries or damages related to your accident.
Contact Defective Auto and Product Attorney Scott Nelson
The automotive industry has a duty to ensure the safety of its products. Automobile defects are dangerous not only to a vehicle's driver and passengers but to other motorists as well, and victims of accidents caused by these defects are entitled to compensation for their injuries. Corpus Christi and South Texas area defective product attorney Scott Nelson is dedicated to helping the victims of accidents involving defective automobiles obtain the justice they deserve. Contact the Law Office of Scott A. Nelson, P.C., to schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your injury.