On average, there are 6 million car accidents in the U.S. every year. That is roughly 16,438 per day. Over 37,000 Americans die in automobile crashes per year, according to the National Highway Transportation Administration.
Advances in vehicle safety technology mean that substantial numbers of these crashes, injuries, and deaths could be prevented. Examples of such technologies include: braking systems designed to shorten a vehicle’s stopping distance; systems that warn the driver if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane; blind spot vehicle detection systems; and, systems that can detect when a crash is imminent and automatically apply the brakes if the driver fails to do so. These safety systems are known in the industry as as crash avoidance technologies (CAT) or crash avoidance systems (CAS).
Dangerous or defective products – from malfunctioning auto parts to faulty medical devices – result in nearly three million injuries and 22,000 fatalities every year in the United States, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics. The products liability case analysis below is illustrative of how a products liability case may be developed and a lawsuit filed against the manufacturer of an unsafe product.
The reality is that many injuries can be avoided if proper steps are taken to ensure the safety of everyone who uses a product.
Crashworthiness cases involve the allegation that a vehicle manufacturer did not take precautions to reduce the injuries resulting from a foreseeable crash. The vehicle is defective if it is designed or manufactured in such a way that the injuries the driver or passengers sustained in a crash are greater than the injuries normally expected in that type of crash. An auto products liability lawyer helps those injured or killed from vehicle defects or defective auto parts y holding the vehicle manufacturer accountable. Vehicles and their parts are meant to be designed to protect us, not kill us, or make injuries worse.
Our client was driving to work and came to a stop at a red-light. Behind him, the driver of a midsize pick-up truck failed to see the red light and drove into the back of our client’s vehicle. Despite wearing his seatbelt and the impact being relatively moderate, our client suffered injuries to his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed. This was puzzling because the driver of the pick-up truck walked away from the crash uninjured. It was noted that the our client’s seat back had collapsed and failed rearward during the impact. Thus, it was suspected that there was a defect with the driver’s seat back.
Medical malpractice lawyers enforce patient safety rules and hold medical providers accountable for the consequences of violating patient safety rules. Accountability ensures that violations of patient safety rules are not repeated, and, therefore, protect every patient in our community.
In this case, a child died following a tonsillectomy. The doctor, who was unaware of the current FDA Guidelines which warned doctors, prescribed Tylenol with codeine. Codeine is an opiate and the child died of an overdose.