The experienced trial team at the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato, P.A. has obtained outstanding results for clients that have suffered serious injuries or death due to vehicle defects. With so many different makes and models of vehicles on the road today, there is a broad range of potential vehicle defects.
Tire Failures claims most often arise out of accidents that result from tread separations when the vehicles tread literally separates or peels off of the underlying carcass or body of the tire. When this occurs, it can have a traumatic effect on the handling of the vehicle, often resulting in rollover accidents. Degradation is also common in tires over six years of age. Stores often sell tires that appear new, but have sat on shelves for 6-10 years. This “new tire” is actually an aged tire that may be dried out and can lose it threads. If a tire failure played a part in accident, a product defect claim may exist. The Fort Myers personal injury attorneys at Wolf & Pravato, P.A. are Ft. Lauderdale tired defect attorneys that can help you and your family.
Air Bag Claims are very complex and immediate attention to detail is required. Evidence must be preserved and our team of experts can help determine if the air-bags should have deployed. Many systems now monitor seat position and seat belt use to determine when and if an airbag deployment is needed in minor to moderate impacts to protect the occupants. If you or a loved one was injured or killed as a direct result of a airbag failing to perform as intended, a closer examination of a potential airbag defect claim is warranted.
Roof Crush is a term that is used to describe the unintended failure of a vehicle’s roof structure during a rollover accident. When the roof of a vehicle fails to protect the occupants and the roof intrudes into the inner compartment, very serious injuries (significant brain injuries and spinal cord injuries) or death often is the result. If you or a loved one suffered a serious loss due to a rollover accident and the roof of the vehicle collapsed, a complete and thorough investigation needs to be implemented immediately.
Seatback Failures occur most often in rear-end accidents. The mechanism holding up the back of a bucket seat can break, causing the seat to collapse and the occupant to fall backwards violently. Accident records show that this can happen even in minor collisions, at speeds as low as 25 miles per hour, if the seatback is defectively flimsy.
At high speeds, these defective seat backs pose a threat to the occupant of the defective seat, who are thrown away from the safety of seatbelts and airbags and may suffer serious head, neck and spine injuries. But even at low speeds, a defective seatback is extremely dangerous for children who may be safely strapped in behind the failed bucket seat. Hit with great force by a flying seat or their own parent’s body, children placed in backseats by safety-conscious parents can be killed or suffer permanently disabling brain injuries, internal injuries or amputations.
Nearly every major auto manufacturer in the United States has been accused in a court of law of manufacturing unsafe, flimsy seat backs that are prone to fail in a rear-end accident. Many manufacturers, including Ford, General Motors , Hyundai and others, have known for decades that their bucket seats could not withstand the amount of force generated by a typical rear-end accident. Despite this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bowing to industry pressure, has not updated regulations on how strong a seat back in a brand-new vehicle must be since 1967 — an oversight that even the agency acknowledges is inadequate.
If a defective seatback has brought death or serious injury into your life and the lives of your loved ones, you have the right to hold the manufacturer legally liable. The Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys at Wolf & Pravato, P.A. are South Florida seat back failure attorneys that can help you recover compensation for injuries including wrongful death, brain and spine trauma, medical bills, lost wages, disability , scarring, and pain and suffering.
Fuel-Fed Fires often occur after a survivable accident, when the vehicles fuel system design is faulty. A post-collision fuel-fed fire is one of the scariest and most devastating things that can possibly happen on the road. In other words, if the impact forces are not severe enough to kill the occupants, then the fuel system should be able to survive those same forces. After all, the fuel system can be made from metals that are far stronger than flesh and bone.
If all vehicles met this standard, no one would ever burn to death in a post-collision fuel-fed fire. Unfortunately, some vehicles, even today, do not meet this standard. The trial lawyers at the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato, P.A. are Ft. Lauderdale Fuel Fed Fire attorneys that can help to determine if a defect played a role in your loss.
Seatbelt Failures. Seatbelts are properly credited with saving thousands of lives and are a valuable safety device and should always be worn. However, when these critical safety devices fail, serious injuries and wrongful deaths may occur.
Some of the most common seatbelt defects include:
- Excessive seatbelt slack during collisions, through defects such as a broken seatbelt retractor.
- False latching, in which a seatbelt does not truly become latched even after it was engaged. Evidence has shown this is a real phenomenon, leaving accident victims confused to hear police reports that they were not buckled in.
- Inertial unlatching, in which seatbelts can become undone by sheer force.
No seatbelt could ever prevent all auto injuries. But by following existing standards, car manufacturers can prevent thousands of injuries and deaths. Only a few inches of slack in a poorly made seatbelt can be the difference between minor injuries and a spinal cord injury. And when seatbelts unlatch mid-accident, people may impact vehicle dashboards or be thrown out of vehicles altogether.
Remember that you are not alone. While the physical and financial toll may be heavy, you do have recourse available. You should not suffer because of the neglect of others, even if it involves large corporations. The experienced lawyers at Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato, P.A. are Seatbelt Failure attorneys who can help.