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Vehicle Crashworthiness

Vehicle Crashworthiness Injury Lawsuits

Vehicle Crashworthiness | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Injury, Deaths | Air Bags, Seat Belts, Crumple Zones, Side Impact Protection, Head Rests, Interior Padding

Crashworthiness is the ability of the vehicle to prevent occupant injuries in the event of an accident. Crashworthiness involves the technical foundation of a vehicle. It is worth taking note that the cause of the accident is technically immaterial in crashworthiness cases even if the severity of the accident is a question.

Due to variables in data collection, testing, and human factors, consumer information on vehicle crashworthiness (the vehicle's ability to protect its occupants in a crash) is still in the development stage. Design issues such as size, weight, and integrity play a role in a vehicle's ability to protect crash-involved occupants from injury. Crash data displays which vehicle-related factors affect crashes and the types of crashes that cause the most deaths and injuries. Human factors such as age, belt use, and location within the vehicle also affect crash injury likelihood.

Crashworthiness is not the same as vehicle safety and the two topics must be differentiated. Vehicle crashworthiness depends on designed in features as well as equipment specifications which can be observed as design features. Vehicles either have these features or they don't regardless of its accident or even injury rates.

Crashworthiness features include air bags, seat belts, crumple zones, side impact protection, head rests and interior padding. These features may or may not be present in a particular vehicle and may or may not work even if present. All of these items have been available since the early 1970's, but many are still not found in vehicles produced in the 1990's. Crashworthiness features must be designed to curtail second collision (occupant into vehicle interior) forces and prevent ejection and reduce fire risk.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Vehicle Crashworthiness

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident and your vehicle failed in protecting you, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Jun 21, 2005 |
The crashworthiness of motor vehicles has improved immensely over the past several years. The addition of front, side, and overhead air bags, crumple zones, safety cages, reinforced door panels, and less vulnerable fuel tanks have significantly improved your chances of surviving even a violent collision. These improvements, however, are reaching their limit and may only see smaller advances in the future.It is for this reason that manufacturers are turning their attention to...

Ford Owners Could Face Lethal Danger In Design Flaw

Feb 21, 2005 | The Monitor
There are no family photos visible in the Gonzalez home.There are no pictures of Ramon Gonzalez’s deceased mother, 11- year-old Sandy’s first communion or of 10-year-old Mona’s birthday parties.There are no family portraits hanging on the wall or framed snapshots arranged on the kitchen counter.The family lost most of its photos and most of its 6,800-square-foot dream home when a fire thought to have started in their parked 1994 Mercury...

Ford Settles Ignition Lawsuit; Deal Could Cost $2.7 Billion

Oct 26, 2001 | AP
Ford Motor Co. settled one of the industry's biggest auto defect cases Thursday, agreeing to pay for repairs on millions of cars and trucks with an ignition-system flaw that can cause the vehicles to stall in traffic.The deal could cost the automaker $2.7 billion, the plaintiffs said. Ford attorney Richard Warmer disputed that figure but offered no specifics except to say that the settlement will have little effect on the automaker's financial position.At least 11 deaths and 31 injuries have...

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