Chicago Crashworthiness Attorneys


Crashworthiness — by Car Accident Lawyers in Chicago, Illinois

Crashworthiness is the ability of a vehicle to prevent passenger injuries in the event of collision, independent of the severity of the collision. Crashworthiness features include many automobile components that each serve an important role in the protection and safety of passengers. If you have been injured in a collision due to a defective crashworthy feature, it is imperative that you contact one of the experienced car accident lawyers in your area. In Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois, seriously injured victims have relied on the expertise of Healy Scanlon Law Firm. Our car accident attorneys have successfully tried thousands of cases in Chicago and Illinois courtrooms. We have the experience necessary to obtain just compensation for your injuries.

Since airbags became standard safety features in most modern vehicles, they have successfully reduced the fatality rates of frontal collisions by 30 percent, saving thousands of lives each year. However, airbags are expensive safety devices and manufacturers often cut corners in order to save money and increase profits, leading to serious and deadly airbag design defects. Most airbag-related injuries occur when the airbag deploys too forcefully or does not deploy at all during a collision. Airbags are also extremely dangerous to small, young children.

Recently, against the advice of consumer safety and rights groups, the Department of Transportation lowered the standards airbags must meet in unrestrained crash tests. Consumer advocates raised valid concerns that the decreased quality of airbags will result in an increased number of deaths. Unfortunately, car manufacturers still have considerable power and influence over government regulatory agencies. If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury due to airbag failure, contact Healy Scanlon Law Firm for experienced, aggressive car accident attorneys. Our lawyers, practicing in Chicago, Illinois, will serve as tireless advocates for your rights and fight to recover compensation for any injuries you have sustained as the result of a defective airbag.

Door Latches

The door latch is a fundamental crashworthiness feature. If a door latch becomes disengaged during what would otherwise be a survivable crash, it creates a dangerous opening through which the driver may sustain a serious injury or be completely ejected from the vehicle. Door latch failure results from weak metal or poor design. Often, the simplest design alteration or correction can create a stable, effective latch that prevents unnecessary and serious injuries. If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury as a result of door latch failure, immediately contact one of the qualified car accident attorneys at Healy Scanlon Law Firm. Our lawyers in Chicago, Illinois, are able to build strong, effective product liability cases against car manufacturers that install defective crashworthiness features into mass-produced automobiles.

Seat Back Failure

Seat backs are frequently overlooked as a valid and important factor in the crashworthiness of a vehicle. There are currently no laws in place governing seat back strength and effectiveness, and seat backs are not required to undergo any crash tests. Regardless, defective seat backs account for thousands of unnecessary injuries and deaths each year, notably in rear-end collisions.

During a collision, a defective or unstable seat back may collapse rearward, possibly ejecting the passenger out of a broken window or slamming the passenger against the interior of the car. These injuries are known to occur even at very low speeds. Back seat passengers can also become trapped underneath the collapsed seat.

Seat back failure is preventable and consumer safety groups have advocated safety standards for seat back design and strength, but with little success. Without government regulations, manufacturers have little economic incentive to rectify structural design flaws, and the safety of passengers has been compromised as a result. The experienced car accident attorneys at Healy Scanlon Law Firm in Chicago advocate for the rights of consumers to expect that reasonable safety standards for all important crashworthiness features are in place and have been met.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury as a result of the failure of any important crashworthiness feature, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer in accordance with product liability law. Protecting the rights of all Illinois residents, our car accident lawyers, practicing out of Chicago, will aggressively represent your interests and help you obtain reasonable financial compensation for your injuries.