The firm has extensive experience in auto defects litigation, where a vehicle’s defects cause serious injury or untimely death.
Success in auto defects lawsuits requires experience, a sophisticated understanding of engineering issues and of product liability law, and time and resources. We has successfully prosecuted multimillion-dollar claims against the world’s largest automotive manufacturers for auto defects such as:
- Brake failure
- Tire defects
- Crashworthiness of 15-person passenger vans
- Airbag failure
- Seatbelt failures
- Seatback strength failures
- Defective fuel systems
- Roof crush
Investigating Auto Defects and Automotive Crashworthiness
Traditionally, the focus of automotive liability cases has been on the cause of the collision. Today, trial attorneys who understand the dangers underlying auto defects focus their efforts on crashworthiness cases, also known as “enhanced injury” or “second collision” claims. These claims address automobile safety and stability features that fail to provide an occupant reasonable protection from injury, regardless of the cause of the crash.
Courts have uniformly imposed a duty on automakers to design their vehicles to provide reasonable occupant protection in crashes. This theory has been adopted across the nation to condemn a host of automotive design decisions defects and manufacturing defects.
An auto recall may be a sign of corporate knowledge of an automotive defect, or it may be the company’s response to a successful auto defects personal injury claim.