What Happens When Your Car Accident Was Caused by a Defective Part
In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm’s car accident lawyers understand that car accidents are usually caused by driver error. However, in certain situations a defective car part can play a role. A defective part can contribute to the damages caused or be the very cause itself. Over time, car parts become warn and can fail simply from wear and tear. In order to prevent that, proper and regular car maintenance can help. However, sometimes a manufacturers place profits over safety and release vehicles that are inherently unsafe.
One of the more common defective parts that can result in serious injuries are airbags. When an impact occurs, an air bag within the steering wheel is supposed to automatically deploy preventing serious head injuries. As part of the supplemental restraint system, air bags are also installed to prevent shoulder and leg injures when the origin of the impact is the side of the vehicle. A defective airbag can cause injury if it underinflates, overinflates or deploys unexpectedly without impact.
Another key safety feature in a vehicle that may fail and cause serious personal injury are the brakes. Brakes are the first line of defense that may not only lessen the damage from the impact but can prevent it in the first place. In case of a roll over, the roof of the car is required to be rigid enough to avoid collapsing, preventing serious injuries to the occupants. When manufacturers car cut corners and use inferior materials, a roof may collapse and worsen the injuries to the occupants when a roll over accident occurs. Seatbelts may also malfunction by failing to properly restrain occupants in a car accident.
Electrical systems control everything in a modern car, from the temperature inside the cabin to the safety systems, including impact sensors, brakes and airbags. Moreover, a defective electrical system may cause a fire leading to serious injury.
Typical accidents caused by defective parts go unreported because driver error may be the primary cause. If a defective part is suspected, vehicle manufacturers employ armies of lawyers ready to prevent victims of products liability from receiving compensation.
At the Perazzo Law Firm, our professionals have a wealth of experience fighting for just compensation for our clients. Our lawyers have dedicated their careers to seeking compensation for the injuries suffered from the carelessness or negligence of large corporations. Please call for your free consultation (786) LAWS 411.
When Car Safety Fails to Save You
Every time we leave the safety of our homes we are exposed to dangers and risks of injury. On the road we risk injury from drunk drivers who choose to become intoxicated and operate a vehicle exposing everyone to risk on injury in a crash. Other crashes are caused by distracted drivers who try to save time by having breakfast while driving to work. Given the exponential growth of smartphone use, many drivers are too busy looking at the screen of their phones rather than looking at the road ahead.
Sometimes, the road itself poses a deadly risk to drivers and their passengers. Roads are meant to be safe under all conditions, whether affected by weather or excessive use. Florida is well known for excessive rains and floods. Roads are designed and built at an angle to drain the excess water away from the roadway. Sometimes, through carelessness or neglect, roads are not constructed up to code creating unsafe hazards for drivers.
Having our headquarters in Miami, our lawyers are familiar with the never-ending construction work ongoing around the major highways in South Florida. Without proper hazard, safety, and speed limit signs, the roads become unsafe for traffic increasing the likelihood of an accident leading to serious injury.
When the worst happens, caused by a distracted or intoxicated driver or careless construction workers, we expect the vehicles we drive to protect us. Modern cars are equipped with a lengthy list of safety features meant to save us from the dangers posed by other drivers and unsafe road conditions. It starts with the only part of the car making contact with the roadway, the tires. We expect our tires to handle any surface from a smooth highway to a rough patch on the way to a picnic in a park.
In an accident resulting in a collision, supplemental restraint systems, air bags, crumple zones, etc., are meant to reduce the risk of injury to the driver and passengers. However to cut costs, and increase profit margins, manufacturers sometimes use inferior materials in the construction of the vehicle reducing the efficiency of crumple zones surrounding the cabin of the car in order to absorb the force of the impact away from the passengers. In a car accident, faulty airbags may under inflate, not inflate, or spontaneously inflate without impact, which may cause serious injury to the driver and other occupants. One of the oldest safety systems in a vehicle is the seat belt. A defective seat belt may not properly restrain the passengers or driver in a collision increasing the likelihood of injury in an accident.
Unfortunately, large corporations, responsible for selling us the vehicles we trust to protect our families, sometimes prioritize profits over safety. Manufacturers, oftentimes, employ statisticians who predict the profit of releasing an unsafe car over the risk of injury or death to the loyal customers who want to know their loved ones are safe. After an injury occurs because of a failed safety feature, the car manufacturers employ armies of lawyers to protect their interests and blame the injured customers.
If you, or anyone you know, have been injured as a result of a failed safety feature in their vehicle do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at The Perazzo Law Firm. Our lawyers have dedicated their careers to seeking compensation for the injuries suffered from the carelessness or negligence of other. Please call for your free consultation at 786 411 LAWS.
How To Defend Your Rights After a Car Accident
As we approach the summer season, we look forward to spending time with our friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, celebration can lead to tragedy in a blink of an eye. Typically, the holiday season sees a spike in serious injury from car accidents. Celebrations can often involve intoxicants, which impair ones ability to drive or safely operate machinery. If the unfortunate happens and you or your loved ones suffer an injury from a car accident, it is important to begin gathering facts right away.
It is oftentimes easy to forget that truth without proof is hollow in a court of law. In order to maintain a successful claim for compensation following a car accident, the plaintiff must present proof of negligence, which consists of four factors: duty, breach, causation and damages. It is not enough to prove a collision occurred, there must be enough evidence to assign responsibility for causing the accidence and sufficient evidence to prove damages, whether personal or property.
Following personal injury from a car accident, the armies of lawyers employed by the insurance company begin building their case. You may be asked to provide a recorder statement, which may later be used against you. Remember, car accidents often may involve trauma to the brain. It may be difficult to properly assess the facts of the accident if the injury is serious. Any statement made after the accident may not be reflective of the facts. With time, it may be difficult to recall the details of the accident. It is important to take pictures and take contract information of anyone involved or anyone who may have witnessed the accident. We also recommend keeping notes of treatment, symptoms and any other details that may be helpful in assessing and defending your claim for compensation.
At the Perazzo Law Firm, we pride ourselves in representing the people of Florida and their families. We will always put our clients’ needs at the forefront of the fight against the insurance industry. Our Miami personal injury lawyers have dedicated their entire careers in fighting for your rights. Whether you seek compensation for injuries, fighting for justice for wrongful arrest or looking for a home, you can rest assured our lawyers will be there for you.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, we encourage you to call us at 786 LAWS-411 (786-529-7411) to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal rights.
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