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.