Henderson Car Accident Lawyers Explain the Importance of Automotive Crashworthiness

The roads and highways of Nevada can be extremely dangerous places. While there’s little we can do to personally prevent unsafe drivers from getting on the road or putting us at risk of harm through dangerous behavior, we can choose to drive vehicles that manufacturers claim will keep us safe. When those vehicles fail to provide the amount of protection claimed by manufacturers or salespeople, your life or the lives of loved ones could be placed at risk.

Vehicle defect lawsuit may provide critically-needed money damages after a crash

When vehicles fail to provide protection to occupants in a crash, injured victims may be entitled to money damages in a product liability lawsuit based on the car’s poor crashworthiness. These claims are often extremely complex, requiring that attorneys litigating these claims not only be adept litigators, but are also comfortable navigating the scientific reports and technical evidence of defective vehicle design and manufacture that arise. Find the skilled and knowledgeable representation you need for your Nevada automotive crashworthiness lawsuit by contacting the Henderson offices of the David Boehrer Law Firm for a free evaluation of your case.

How is automotive crashworthiness determined?

Safety experts define “crashworthiness” as a motor vehicle’s ability to reduce the chances of serious injury or death in an accident. A car or truck’s crashworthiness comes down to two issues:

  • The vehicle’s structure: Experts look at whether designers and manufacturers chose materials with sufficient strength and flexibility to provide optimal protection to vehicle occupants. This can include whether the vehicle’s roof or side walls will crumple in and fail to preserve the occupant compartment in a rollover accident, or whether the vehicle can adequately absorb the force of another vehicle in a side-impact collision.
  • The vehicle’s restraints: Safety evaluators will examine the vehicle’s seat belts, seats, and head rests to find out if they provide adequate protection in the event of an impact, or if their design might contribute to back, neck, and spinal injuries. Air bag design and deployment are also issues considered when looking at a vehicle’s restraints.

Even if a crash wasn’t caused by mechanical or design failings of a vehicle, when the victims’ injuries are made worse due to the poor crashworthiness of a vehicle, victims can seek money for their injuries from the car’s manufacturer or seller, as well as the negligent driver who caused the accident. Henderson car accident lawyer David Boehrer can help you assess whether defects in your vehicle’s crashworthiness contributed to your accident, and can pursue a claim on your behalf against the makers of a dangerous vehicle as part of a comprehensive plan to recover the maximum in compensation available.

After a Nevada motor vehicle accident, get help seeking the money you’re owed for your injuries by contacting the knowledgeable, seasoned, and trial-ready auto liability attorneys at the Henderson offices of the David Boehrer Law Firm at 702-750-0750.