When a serious motor vehicle or truck accident occurs, many people don’t think about whether the vehicle itself played a role in the injuries sustained by the driver and/or passengers. Under the “crashworthiness” doctrine, vehicle manufacturers are responsible for making sure that their products are safe — and that they protect the occupants from foreseeable crashes. Severe or fatal injuries can occur in motor vehicle accidents when the vehicle structure, or some component of the vehicle, fails to function properly. That’s why after an accident it is critically important to evaluate the vehicle to determine if it played a role in causing an occupant’s injuries. At Feldman Shepherd, our experienced team of attorneys are devoted to handling crashworthiness and auto defect cases, including:
The lawyers at Feldman Shepherd have a track record of multimillion dollar results in cases involving auto defects and crashworthiness. Our attorneys recently obtained an $8.25 million settlement for a 23-year-old woman who was ejected from her car and sustained serious injuries after her vehicle abruptly hydroplaned on a four-lane highway. After our attorneys began investigating the case — which had already been turned down by four separate law firms — they discovered that the accident was a result of an improperly installed set of front tires. In another recent crashworthiness case, our team represented a teenage girl who suffered catastrophic brain injuries when her car slid off the road during a rainstorm and struck a tree broadside. Following a careful investigation, Feldman Shepherd attorneys determined that the side curtain airbags and chest/thorax airbags in the vehicle failed to deploy during the accident sequence, resulting in a $10 million dollar recovery against the vehicle manufacturer.
Auto defect and crashworthiness cases are notoriously complex; that’s why it’s important to speak with a lawyer who has experience with these types of cases. Our team of professionals has the knowledge and resources to investigate your accident and determine whether a defective vehicle component caused the accident or made the injuries worse than they otherwise would have been. When you need help getting answers after a car accident, you can trust the Feldman Shepherd team to make your best interest our top priority.