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 can be caused by a variety of factors. If you or your passengers are put in danger by a defective seat belt, poor crashworthiness, lack of stability, or defective tires, it’s time to call our Manhattan, NY car accident and SUV rollover lawyers. The team of defective auto product and SUV rollover attorneys in New York City at the offices of Proner & Proner can counsel you on what to do right after an accident. We can also represent you in court against negligent tire or auto manufacturers.
Defective Seat Belts
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, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and across the country obtain monetary compensation for the negligence of the seat belt manufacturer.
Many things can happen when a seat belt 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 they 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 throughout NY’s five boroughs.
Crashworthiness is an aspect of vehicle safety that 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. However, if air bags 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, NY 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 New York City.
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 NYC 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 Queens, NY are experts at assessing these variables and proving that a vehicle manufacturer may be liable for damages.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (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 accident 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 New York City defective auto part lawyers can help. To speak with our experienced SUV rollover attorneys, contact Proner & Proner today.
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 if defective tires have caused an SUV rollover accident, our New York City personal injury 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 that you can trust. To speak with our expert defective auto product and SUV rollover attorneys, contact the NYC law firm of Proner & Proner today.