If you are a loved one has been a victim of auto part failure, we can help
With more than 243 million vehicles registered in the United States, each person has a high probability in being involved in an auto accident at some point in his or her life. With this fact in mind, auto and auto parts manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their products can withstand different types of collisions and adequately protect their passengers. Unfortunately, they do not always live up to this responsibility. Thousands of motor vehicles are recalled each year because they are proven to have inadequate safety features for their occupants. Often, these defects are only brought to public attention after a severe personal injury or wrongful death has occurred.
At Bottaro, Kubin & Yocum, P.C. in Kansas City, Missouri, our malpractice lawyers believe that auto manufacturers should be held responsible for any defective product they put on the market. If you have been involved in an SUV rollover or another type of collision, an auto accident lawyer from our firm can help you confront the automobile industry and obtain the compensation you deserve.
A rollover crash occurs when a vehicle turns over onto its side or roof. This type of auto accident is usually as a result of the vehicle making a sharp turn while driving quickly. Rollover crashes tend to occur in much higher numbers among sports utility vehicles (SUVs), increasing the risk that drivers and passengers of SUVs will be seriously injured in an accident. Leading public advocacy groups and federal study commissions have also concluded that many SUVs are not designed to adequately withstand rollover crashes. In an SUV rollover, the types of injuries sustained are often very serious, and the death rate among SUV rollover victims is disproportionately high. In fact, government statistics in 2004 revealed that SUV occupants were nearly 11 percent more likely to be killed in accidents than occupants driving or riding in passenger vehicles.
If you believe that your sports utility vehicle was not adequately designed to withstand a rollover crash, contact our Kansas City, Missouri office today. Our experienced malpractice lawyers will examine your case and determine if there have been similar cases involving the same vehicle make and model. As more SUV rollover cases come to light, auto manufacturers will become increasingly liable for their negligence.
All motor vehicles on the road are required by federal law to be equipped with safe and functional tires. It is illegal to drive or sell a vehicle with tires that are flat or leaking, have sidewall separation or insufficient tread, or have material exposed through the tread or sidewall. If you are sold a vehicle with any type of defective product, including one or more defective tires, our dedicated malpractice lawyers will help you claim damages for any injury that occurs as a result.
Although airbags undoubtedly save lives, they can also cause serious injury when they contain defects, have been installed improperly, or fail to deploy. Victims whose airbags malfunction often suffer serious injuries such as burns, abrasions, spinal cord and back injuries, and brain injuries. The malpractice lawyers at Bottaro, Kubin & Yocum will determine whether your injuries resulted from a defective airbag and help you pursue the compensation that is owed to you.
Defective Seat Belts
In many states, wearing a seat belt is required by law, and for good reason. Seat belts are essential to keeping passengers safe and secure during a car accident, and their use has been attributed to saving countless lives since the U.S. government established the first set of safety belt laws nearly 40 years ago. However, when seat belts malfunction, their effectiveness is either limited or non-existent. During a car, truck, or SUV rollover, a defective seat belt can cause serious injury or even death. Seat belt manufacturers and auto companies have a responsibility to ensure that their products work properly; when they fail at this responsibility, they can be held liable for any injury that results from their failure.
The malpractice lawyers at our Kansas City, Missouri firm will ensure that you are compensated for any injury, death, or financial hardship that has resulted from a defective seat belt.