Car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in the United States,
and many of these accidents are the result of human negligence. This doesn’t
mean all crashes are the result of bad driving though. In fact, negligence
can start long before a car hits the road, such as during the design and
According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA),
more than 30,000 people died in car accidents in 2009. In 2014,
The Washington Post announced that
one in five cars produced that year had a defect, more than any previous year.
An Overview of Common Auto Defects
Research suggests the following defects are among
the most common flaws found in new vehicles:
Steering Wheels & Brakes – Steering wheel and brake failures can cause drivers to lose control
of the vehicle, which may lead to devastating single or multi-car accidents.
Accelerators – An accelerator defect can cause the vehicle to speed up, even when
the driver applies the brakes or uses the emergency brake.
Tire Defects – Tire defects are among the most common types of manufacturing flaws.
Cracked or faulty defects can lead to tire blowouts, accidents, and serious injuries.
Airbag Defects – There are two types of airbag defects: airbags that deploy with
no cause and airbags that fail to deploy during accidents.
Seatbelt Failures – If a seatbelt fails to function properly during an accident, passengers
could suffer serious injuries or death.
What to Do if Your Car Is Defective
If you suffered an injury in a car accident caused by an
auto defect, you can seek compensation for your financial and noneconomic damages.
With the help of a New York product liability attorney, you may be able
to recover money for missed wages, doctors’ bills, hospitalization
expenses, and more. For additional information about your rights as an
accident victim, call our office now and speak with a representative from
The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP.