Car manufacturers focus on vehicle safety when designing various features of a car. Reducing the number of accident-related fatalities is often a top goal, but there is always room for improvement. Research groups work on determining a vehicle's "crashworthiness" - in other words, they test a vehicle to see how well it will stand up to reasonably foreseeable crash sequences and accidents that occur while on the road. A vehicle's crashworthiness is based on it's design, safety countermeasures, and equipment installed to improve occupant safety. The safer the vehicle, the more "crashworthy" it is, and the less likely that occupants will suffer severe or fatal injuries when involved in an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects data on various aspects of vehicle safety, and statistics on crashworthiness improvements.
The key to remember about crashworthiness is that it can be the basis for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit when severe or fatal injuries result in a car accident. When someone sustains severe or fatal injuries in a vehicle crash, the crashworthiness of the vehicle is often one of the most important factors to consider. That is, whether there was a design defect in the vehicle that caused it to fail to protect the occupants as much as it should have been able to protect them. Crash reconstruction experts can help to determine if there was a defect in the design of the car that exacerbated the occupant's injuries such that a suit may be filed against the manufacturer. The design defect need not cause the accident for there to be a viable lawsuit; it need only have resulted in worse injuries than if the defect had not been present.
If you or someone you know was recently involved in a serious or fatal car accident, make sure the vehicle is not destroyed as it will be the basis for any potential crashworthiness lawsuit. Retain a lawyer as soon as possible so all evidence can be preserved. Call us today at the Lombardi Law Firm for help with a recent vehicle accident.