Sacramento Defective Car Door Latches Lawyer

When purchasing an automobile, car door latches do not usually receive a lot of attention.  They are not flashy, shiny, or exciting, and they are not the part of a motor vehicle that buyers typically inquire about when negotiating with a dealer.  When manufacturers issue recalls for defective motor vehicle parts, defective air bags and ignition switches grab the headlines, as they have in the recent Takata and GM recalls, respectively.

Defective car door latches may not receive a lot of attention, but they should.  Although they do not typically cause accidents, defective car door latches contribute significantly to auto accident injuries and fatalities. In fact, during impact in a rollover accident or other collision, a door latch defect can cause the automobile door to open and eject the driver or occupant from the vehicle.  Motor vehicle accident victims who are ejected during crashes are far more likely to suffer severe injuries or fatalities.

Injuries Caused by Defective Car Door Latches

A faulty car door latch affects the crashworthiness of a motor vehicle, which is a vehicle's ability to sustain a crash and protect its occupants upon impact.  If a vehicle has a defective door latch and is involved in a crash, the door can open, ejecting occupants and putting them at increased risk for severe head injuries, including traumatic brain injury.  Also more likely are neck and spinal cord injuries that can result in partial or complete paralysis.  Broken bones, lacerations and road abrasions are additional injuries that can occur when occupants are thrown from a vehicle due to a defective car door latch causing a door to open during a crash.

Federal law requires that car door latches sustain a certain force upon impact in an accident.  In order to determine whether a latch was defective, an experienced attorney can develop the evidence from the accident scene, and work with automotive experts, if necessary, to ensure that a judge and jury understand the devastating consequences associated with a car door flying open and ejecting the occupants of a vehicle.

Recovery May be Available Under Products Liability Law

When a car door latch is defective, there can be several different reasons. One of the most common reasons is a defect in the way in which the latch was designed.  Another way in which a car door latch can be defective is an error that was made during the manufacturing process of a latch.  Both of these types of defects fall under what is known as “product liability,” and allow victims injured by these defects to sue the manufacturer of the car door latch.  Two other types of defects can also create liability on the part of manufacturers:  insufficient warning for consumers and inadequate direction for safe use.

Product liability law creates complicated, complex litigation.  Only a seasoned Sacramento products liability attorney with knowledge of this particular area of accident law and experience in bringing cases against manufacturers can help injured victims recover compensation.

Monetary Recovery May be Possible

If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a faulty car door latch, you should seek the assistance of an experienced auto accident attorney to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and income, pain and suffering, lost future income, and in some cases punitive damages.  Even if you caused the accident which led to your injuries, if your injuries were made significantly worse due to a defective car door latch, you may still be able to receive compensation.

Contact Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer Ed Smith Now

Have you or a loved one suffered an injury in an accident caused by the negligence of another?  I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Auto Accident Attorney with the primary accident information site on the web, www.AutoAccident.com. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an accident caused by the negligence of another, call me now at (916) 921-6400. If you are outside the Sacramento area, you can call at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

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