Defective Automotive Products

Defective Auto Product Attorneys in New York City

Legal Help for NYC Victims of Automotive Defects

Car accidents and SUV rollovers can happen in many conditions and be caused by a variety of factors, but if you or your passengers are put into danger by a defective seatbelt, poor crashworthiness, lack of stability or defective tires, it’s time to call our car accident and SUV rollover lawyers. Our team of defective auto product and SUV rollover attorneys in New York City at the offices of Proner & Proner can counsel you in what to do right after an accident and represent you in court against negligent tire or auto manufacturers.

Defective Seatbelts

In 49 states, it is mandatory that drivers and passengers wear seat belts while in moving vehicles. Statistically, these restraints save thousands of lives per year and significantly reduce the risk of ejection, death and serious injury in the event of an accident. In 1990 alone, seat belts saved the lives of 11,000 people over the age of four.

Unfortunately, manufacturer defects sometimes make seat belts completely useless. In these cases, victims may be entitled to compensation for injuries sustained during the car accident. Our car accident attorneys help many clients in Manhattan and across the country obtain monetary compensation for the negligence of the seatbelt manufacturer.

Many things can happen when a seatbelt malfunctions. The buckle can unlatch during a car accident or SUV rollover. The shoulder belt retractors can fail. Shoulder-only seat belts can strangle people during an accident, or cause neck and spinal injuries. Lap-only seat belts can cause serious or even fatal internal injuries during a car accident.

If your vehicle’s seat belt failed to protect you or a loved one in a car accident, the manufacturer may be to blame. Contact one of our defective auto product lawyers today. Based in Manhattan, we represent clients all across the country.

Poor Crashworthiness

An aspect of vehicle safety, crashworthiness reflects how well a car or truck is equipped to protect passengers during an accident. Crashworthiness features include front and side air bags, roll bars, seat belts, roof, crumple zones, side impact bars, head rests and padding. In most instances, these features prove to be safe and effective. Air bags have saved nearly 5,000 lives since October 1999, but if they are defective, they can hurt rather than help victims of a car crash. Every automaker has issued a recall at some point for its products.

Each year, our defective auto product accident lawyers represent clients from Manhattan, New York and the rest of the country who have been victims of car crashworthiness defects. Such defects include air bags that fail to properly inflate, improperly installed roll bars and a defective crumple zone. Over the last four years, defective air bags have caused the deaths of at least 146 people, including infants.

Regardless of whether manufacturers know crashworthiness features are defective, they are still responsible for any problems and injuries that result. If you were injured in a car accident and a defect or design flaw caused harm to you or your passengers, contact the defective auto product accident attorneys of Proner & Proner in Manhattan.

Stability and SUV Rollover Accidents

A vehicle’s stability is crucial in preventing an SUV rollover. Most lightweight trucks – such as SUVs – have high centers of gravity that prevent them from being able to recover after hitting a bump that causes them to skid or spin, encountering a slippery road surface or facing other adverse driving conditions. This instability leads to a very dangerous possibility – the SUV rollover. Each year our lawyers represent clients in Manhattan and elsewhere who have sustained injuries in this kind of car accident.

There are a variety of contributing factors that can change a vehicle’s stability, such as the number of passengers, the amount of gas in the vehicle and whether cargo is being stowed. Our SUV rollover lawyers in Manhattan are experts at assessing these variables and proving that a vehicle manufacturer may be liable for damages.

National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) data suggests that 90 percent of rollover crashes that were linked to instability occurred under normal driving maneuvers – including lane switching, going straight and bending around a curve.

Vehicles shouldn’t be disproportionately unsafe under normal driving conditions. Our specialized SUV rollover lawyers in Manhattan can help victims from around the country obtain financial compensation from liable auto manufacturers.

If you or your loved ones have been injured in an SUV rollover, our Manhattan defective auto part lawyers can help. To speak with our experienced SUV rollover attorneys, contact Proner & Proner today.

Defective Tires

In August 2000, Firestone recalled more than 14 million tires, thereby raising public awareness of the potential dangers of defective tires. Defective tires can cause a number of dangerous problems, including tread separation and blowouts. These tire problems can result in unforeseen injuries or fatalities if they are the cause of a serious car accident. Our attorneys in Manhattan help clients from around the country obtain compensation for injuries sustained as a result of faulty tires.

Tread separation can be spurred by both design and manufacturing defects. In cases involving a tread separation defect, you should inspect and photograph the tire and tread immediately. If you see a bare wire in the separated tire, this is evidence of a defect.

A tire blowout is dangerous because such rapid loss of air from the tire causes loss in vehicle control and may contribute to a vehicle rollover. Being in a less stable vehicle, such as an SUV, increases the risk of a blowout injury. SUVs are also more likely to roll over in a blowout and are more difficult to control after a blowout has occurred, increasing the risk of serious personal injury. Tire blowout is often caused by negligence – either on behalf of tire manufacturers or on behalf of tire repair and maintenance professionals.

Such defects account for hundreds of deaths each year, and this is simply unacceptable. Tire makers, like all product manufacturers, are legally obligated to provide safe products to their consumers. If defective tires have caused a car accident in which you or a loved one was injured, or have caused an SUV rollover accident, our attorneys can provide the legal representation you need.

Contact Our New York City Defective Auto Product Lawyers

If you or a member of your family has been harmed by a defective automotive product, you need aggressive legal representation you can trust. To speak with our expert defective auto product and SUV rollover attorneys, contact the New York City firm of Proner & Proner today.

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Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.

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$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic


Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride

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$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck


Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury


Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus


Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation


Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.

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