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Negligent vehicle design

Negligent vehicle design leads to serious injuries, deaths, and economic losses due to crashes on America's roadways

In 2009, approximately 30,000 people died on U.S. highways. Traffic collisions are the primary cause of serious injuries in the United States, and are the number-one killer of Americans under the age of 34. In addition to the emotional costs, the annual economic loss to society is estimated at more than $230 billion. To improve the safety of America's highways, it is important to get unsafe vehicles off the road.

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the authority to issue vehicle safety standards and to require manufacturers to recall vehicles that have safety-related defects or do not meet Federal safety standards. Since 1966, more than 390 million cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and mopeds, as well as 46 million tires, 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment, and 42 million child safety seats have been recalled to fix safety defects.

Examples of common safety-related motor-vehicle defects include:

  • steering components that break;
  • fuel system design and parts that result in fuel leakage;
  • accelerator controls that break or stick;
  • wheels that crack or break;
  • wiring system problems;
  • air bags that deploy improperly or don't deploy when they should.

Getting legal help after an injury or fatality caused by negligent vehicle design

Vehicle design defects can lead to serious, debilitating injuries or to collisions that result in death. If a vehicle defect caused you to be injured, you may have a cause of action against the company responsible for the defective design. You will want to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney for a free claim evaluation.  
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  Juan Salas Fonseca, a 28-year-old route salesman, was operating a Mitsubishi F-100 cab-over-engine commercial truck when he was involved in an accident. In the course of the collision, he was thrown from the detached cab through the windshield and was run over by his own truck. He suffered extensive injuries, including multiple fractures to his pelvis, spine, and leg. He faced future surgies to replace his hip and his spine and was therefore limited to semi-sedentary work.