Protecting Victims of Auto Part Failure

Defective Products Lawyer Kansas City

View over a dashboardWith more than 243 million vehicles registered in the United States, it is highly likely that a person will be involved in some type of collision 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 all 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 offer inadequate protection to their occupants. Often, these defects are only brought to public attention after a severe personal injury or wrongful death has occurred. At Bottaro, Morefield, Kubin & Yocum, P.C., in Kansas City, Missouri, we 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, a lawyer from our firm can help you confront the auto industry and obtain the compensation you deserve.

SUV Rollover

A rollover crash occurs when a vehicle turns over onto its side or roof, usually as a result of the vehicle making a sharp turn while driving too 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, 2004 government statistics reveal that SUV occupants were nearly 11 percent more likely to be killed in accidents than people 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. An SUV rollover attorney can examine your case and determine if there have been other, similar cases involving your vehicle make and model. As more SUV rollover cases come to light, auto manufacturers will become increasingly liable for their negligence.

Tire Defects

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, an attorney can help you claim damages for any injury that occurs as a result.

Defective Airbags

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 can suffer serious injuries such as burns, abrasions, spinal cord and back injury, and brain injury. A defective product attorney from our Kansas City, Missouri firm can determine whether your injuries resulted from a defective airbag and help you pursue appropriate compensation.

Defective Seatbelts

In many states, wearing a seatbelt is required by law, and for good reason. Seatbelts 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 seatbelts malfunction, their effectiveness is either limited or non-existent. Especially during a car, truck, or SUV rollover, a defective seatbelt can cause serious injury or even death. Seatbelt manufacturers and auto companies have a responsibility to ensure that their products work properly; when they do not do so, they can be held liable for any injury that ensues.

The SUV rollover and defective product 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 seatbelt.

Contact a Defective Product Lawyer

Serving Kansas and Missouri, an SUV rollover and defective product attorney from our firm can help you confront the auto industry and seek justice for any injury or death that has affected your family as a result of the industry’s negligence. Contact Bottaro, Morefield, Kubin & Yocum P.C., to schedule a free evaluation of your case.

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