Auto Defects & Crashworthiness

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:

  • Defective Airbags, Brakes, Seatbelts, Seatbacks, and Door Latches
  • Roof Crush Injuries
  • Rollovers
  • Defective Tires
  • Manufacturer Recalls
  • Post-Collision Fuel Fires
  • Child Safety Seat Failures

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.

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:

  • Defective Airbags, Brakes, Seatbelts, Seatbacks, and Door Latches
  • Roof Crush Injuries
  • Rollovers
  • Defective Tires
  • Manufacturer Recalls
  • Post-Collision Fuel Fires
  • Child Safety Seat Failures

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.

A Philadelphia jury returned a verdict worth roughly $5.6 million in a class action lawsuit involving allegations that thousands of models of the Kia Sephia sedan had defective brake systems. According to plaintiff’s  attorneys in Samuel-Bassett v. Kia Motors America, Inc., the Pennsylvania-only class included …
more
Following 2 ½ weeks of trial in a Philadelphia courtroom, attorneys Alan M. Feldman, Daniel J. Mann, and Edward S. Goldis arrived at a substantial settlement in an auto defect/crashworthiness case. The plaintiff, a 59-year-old plant supervisor, was operating his 1987 Ford F150 pickup truck …
more
Attorneys Alan M. Feldman, Daniel J. Mann, and Edward S. Goldis represented a young man who was a rear seat-belted occupant of a passenger car. While speeding and attempting to negotiate a curve in the roadway, the driver lost control of the vehicle, crossed the …
more
The plaintiffs were traveling on a highway in a rented SUV with the 53 year old father driving, his wife  in the passenger seat, and their three teenage daughters seated in the rear. The SUV was equipped with a rollover sensing airbag system, and was …
more