When you purchase a vehicle or parts for your vehicle, you expect that they have been tested for safety and reliability. However, many times car accidents can be linked back to defective vehicle design or problematic parts. Here are 4 reasons your vehicle may be responsible for your car accident or injuries you sustained.
1. Defective Airbags
When an airbag fails to deploy in a crash, significant injuries can occur. Also, injuries can be caused when an airbag deploys too soon, too late, with too much force, or with too little force. In some cases, individuals are injured when an airbag deploys when it isn’t supposed to.
2. Problematic Braking Systems
The braking system is arguably the most important safety mechanism in a vehicle. The braking system should allow you to suddenly and completely stop, and when it fails to do so, accidents can occur. Vehicles with dual braking systems and anti-lock brakes are safer than those without; however, a braking system can fail at any time, especially if the vehicle manufacturer or braking system designer was negligent in any way.
3. Defective Tires
Tires are one of the most common vehicle components that can become defective. Tires can be poorly designed, manufactured with inherent defects, or improperly sold, all of which can cause an accident or contribute to the severity of one. A tire blowout can be particularly dangerous, especially if it occurs at high speeds. Even the most seasoned driver might not be able to control a vehicle after a tire blow out at 60 or 70 mph on the highway.
4. Non-Working Seat Belts
When working properly, a seat belt can be a lifesaving device, especially in cases of vehicle rollover. However, seat belts can malfunction. The latch may not work properly, causing the seat belt to become undone in an accident. Or, the tension sensors may not engage, leaving the seat belt loose, even after impact.
Don’t assume that your car accident is just an accident — in many cases, vehicle defects either directly cause or contribute to the severity of auto collisions in Indiana. At the Sarkisian Law offices, we can help you bring a case forward against negligent vehicle/vehicle parts designers, manufacturers, and/or sellers for compensation.
Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your case in detail by calling (219) 942-7171.