Vehicles are safer today than at any time in history, due in part to personal injury lawsuits that have sent a strong message to automakers to make vehicles safer. Features such as stability controls and strengthened roof pillars are a direct response to litigation involving vehicle rollovers.
At Healy Scanlon Law Firm in Chicago, our lawyers handle all types of personal injury lawsuits involving auto defects. The following pages provide more information about the types of cases we take on:
- SUV rollovers: Our lawyers handled some of the first SUV rollover cases in Illinois against Ford for accidents involving the Bronco II.
- Car fires: Defective fuel tanks or fuel systems precipitate most car fires, which progress rapidly and usually cause severe burn injuries or death.
- Defective tires: There have been many brands of vehicle tires recalled over the years due to various safety concerns, the most famous being the Bridgestone/Firestone recall in 2000.
- Defective air bags: While air bags have saved many lives over the years, they can be dangerous, and even deadly, when they fail or deploy while the car is being driven. Ruptured air bag parts and improper air bag deployment are examples of defects that can cause serious injury.
- Defective seat belts: Some seat belt buckles are placed in a position where they can become undone just when you need them: during an accident.
- Defective child seats: A child not properly restrained during a collision may suffer devastating injuries.
- Defective vehicle components: In many cases, auto components with known design flaws have been installed anyway to save the manufacturer money. The recent GM ignition switch recall is a prime example of how a defective component can create an unreasonable hazard.
- Defective motorcycles and helmets: Wearing a properly designed helmet can greatly increase your chances of surviving a serious motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, poorly designed helmets offer little protection.
- All-terrain vehicles (ATVs): ATV accidents have resulted in injuries or deaths — often due to defective components.
- Personal watercraft: Defects in gas tanks on Kawasaki Jet Skis have led to fires and explosions.
- Auto recalls: Many automobile manufacturers apply a formula, which compares the economic cost of a recall to the cost of paying compensation to victims injured or killed by defective automobile components. Our goal as attorneys is to tip the calculation toward auto safety.
No matter how you were injured, our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Contact Our Illinois Defective Car Parts Attorneys
There is never a charge to discuss your case with one of our Chicago dangerous automotive products attorneys. Evening and weekend consultations are available. To speak to us, call 312-324-0409 (800-787-5431 toll free) or send us an email. Se habla español.