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Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

In order to recover full compensation in cases involving serious or fatal car accidents, our attorneys work to identify all factors involved. One question our legal team always investigates is “Did a motor vehicle defect cause the crash?” Attorneys at Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay & Iracki work with an Accident Reconstructionist and other scientific experts to identify those cases, and recover compensation for our clients through product liability claims. If you suspect a manufacturing or design defect caused your auto accident and serious injury, it is important to research and contact a law firm that has successfully handled this type of specialized claim.

Our attorneys have handled a broad range of claims involving defective automotive products and equipment. We sometimes discover, as we prepare a case, that a car accident injury apparently caused by weather or driver error actually was the result of a defective tire or poor design. Examples of motor vehicle defects that have caused injury and wrongful death include the following:

  • Defective tires, leading to tread separations, blowouts and loss of control
  • Manufacturing defects in seat belts, head restraints and air bags, leading to seat belt failure, seat back failure or spontaneous deployment of an air bag, resulting in neck and back injuries
  • Design defects resulting in poor crashworthiness
  • Instability leading to SUV rollover accidents, causing death, brain injury or spinal cord injury
  • Negligent maintenance leading to brake failure or failure of the steering system
  • Car seat heater burn injuries

At Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay & Iracki, over 30 years of investigating and litigating auto accident cases has taught us that auto defects often cause accidents or make the injuries far worse than they should have been. Serious injury cases require substantial financial resources. When auto manufacturers sell defective cars, usually with full knowledge of those auto defects, they should be held accountable for the injuries they caused. Our lawyers and experts look beyond obvious car accident causes in order to receive full compensation for our clients.

Auto defects have the capacity to turn a minor incident into a catastrophic accident. A sharp turn or sideswipe should not cause a dangerous rollover accident, but in a vehicle designed with a high center of gravity, that is likely to happen. When a car lands on its roof, the roof should be strong enough to protect occupants belted into their seats. A key question we ask in the aftermath of a serious automobile crash is, “Was the car designed for crashworthiness?” Most experts agree that a car’s doors should be able to withstand a T-bone crash, and protect the occupants. A car should have sufficient fire protection so that a rear-end collision does not cause a deadly explosion. Seat belts should not unlatch or spool out during a crash. Air bags should properly deploy. Restraint systems should protect drivers and passengers. The tires on a car should be able to withstand predictable driving circumstances.

Defective and dangerous automotive product situations that are the cause of an injury or the extent of injuries include:

  • SUV rollovers
  • Fuel system fires
  • Inadequate crashworthiness
  • Truck rollovers
  • Door latch failures
  • Occupant restraint system failures
  • Post-collision fires
  • Roof crush & roof pillar defects
  • Tire blowouts & de-treading
  • Structural & component failures
  • Defective air bags
  • Ejection injuries from seatbelt failure
  • Seat back failure in rear end collisions
  • Defective brakes
  • Motorcycle design defects

If you or a family member has been injured in an automotive accident that was caused by a dangerous or defective automotive product, you may have a claim of liability against the manufacturer. If a defective automotive product directly contributed to the severity of your injuries in a vehicle accident, you may also be entitled to compensation. For over 30 years, Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay & Iracki has successfully handled numerous cases of injury stemming from automotive products. Our attorneys have the experience and resources to thoroughly investigate this type of complex claim, engage experts to investigate and help prove your case and take the case to trial to obtain fair compensation for you.