In Westchester and across South Florida, car collisions happen for many reasons, including driver error and road conditions. A common cause of car crashes, however, is vehicle design. Defective designs can lead to driver distraction, poor performance, and other mechanical issues which lead to a collision.
If you have been in a car collision in Westchester, it is important to consult with a car collision attorney. Some factors contributing to your traffic crash, such as mechanical defects, may not be immediately obvious. By finding all potential liable parties, your attorney can help you pursue the fairest compensation possible for your injuries.
Types of Vehicle Design Issues Leading to Traffic Crashes
A number of design flaws can lead to collisions, including:
- Poor steering and suspension: Your steering system allows you to maneuver on the roads while suspension keeps your tires predictably in contact with the road surface.
- Tire defects: Tires are safer today than they were in the past, but you can still experience blowouts and issues due to defective design. One issue which can occur is if tires are stored too long. Even if they are never used, the rubber can become compromised and fail to provide a safe drive.
- Distracting design: Some cars today have distracting designs. Many have bright display screens which can offer information about music being played, calls coming through a cell phone, and even maps and directions. It’s possible to link a mobile device and the console. This can mean drivers are tempted to look at the display screen rather than the road.
- Poor visibility: Some car designs have tinted windows and bright lights, which make visibility challenging for the driver and for other users of the road. In some cases, the display or dashboard can be designed poorly so they create a glare, making it harder to see the road.
- Non accessible design: Good design means adults of all ages and sizes are able to drive a car. Some designs, however, leave taller drivers cramped and uncomfortable or make it harder for some drivers to easily see the road. While most cars have some adjustability, not all allow for a range of heights. Even some airbags can present a danger to drivers and passengers who are under 5’3”, and when a car does not accommodate the motorist correctly, collisions can occur.
Manufacturers will recall some defective cars if they have caused injuries, but you may need to check to see if your car is affected by a recall. In addition, your car may not be recalled if design flaws have not been reported or linked to injuries yet.
If you have been in a car collision in Westchester, you may wish to speak to an attorney, whether you suspect a mechanical defect or not. An attorney has a network of professionals, including accident reconstruction experts, to help evaluate what caused a collision. This helps your attorney determine all liable parties so you can pursue compensation for your injuries, lost income, damaged property, and other losses.
If you need to speak to an attorney, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Westchester car collision attorney.