A great deal of advanced technology has been incorporated into most of the newer vehicles on the market today. As a result, it is logical to assume that less will go wrong with your vehicle and your drive will be substantially safer. In some ways, this is true. However, new technology also means that there may be more defects in the vehicle.
Many defects, including the following, can cause a catastrophic crash leading to a wrongful death:
- Seat belt defects – Seat belts can malfunction in a number of ways. For example, the seat belt can lock up and pin the driver or passengers in the vehicle. The opposite situation can also occur, when the seat belt unlatches, failing to hold a vehicle occupant safely in his seat.
- Air bag defects – An air bag should deploy upon impact, providing an instant safety cushion that reduces the odds of a serious injury or death. When the airbag fails to inflate, it leaves the victims much more vulnerable to the forces of the collision.
- Tire defects – Tire defects are very common. When they fail, high-risk accidents such as rollovers, slide outs, and collisions with other vehicles can occur.
- Brake defects – Brakes can fail without warning—due to design defects, faulty manufacturing, or improper installation. When they do fail, they may prevent a driver from stopping in time to prevent a fatal accident.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to an auto defect, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary meeting to discuss your situation with one of our caring and experienced wrongful death attorneys.