Automotive Defects

In circumstances where catastrophic injuries occur as a result of an automobile accident, the design of the vehicle may be at fault. At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., we have handled dozens of cases against all major motor vehicle manufacturers in which it has been alleged that a defect in the vehicle caused or enhanced the injuries sustained in an accident. Cases in which it is claimed that a defect in a vehicle enhanced the injuries sustained in an accident are sometimes known as “crashworthiness” cases.

Examples of types of crashworthiness cases we have handled include:

  • Brain or spinal cord injuries caused by lap belts, where certain seating positions in the vehicle are not equipped with shoulder harnesses
  • Injuries sustained in rollover accidents where the injury is caused by excessive roof crush
  • Injuries sustained in frontal or side collisions where the airbag does not deploy or deploys when it should not have
  • Burn injuries in accidents involving gasoline-fed fires

Bringing suit against a motor vehicle manufacturer, after a car accident, is a major undertaking. A law firm bringing suit in such a case must have the experience and resources to battle against manufacturers which sometimes spend millions of dollars to defend these cases. At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., we have been successful in the great majority of these cases. In 2003, our firm recovered a judgment in excess of $17 million against Volkswagen based on the failure of the vehicle to have rear shoulder harnesses.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an automobile accident where the vehicle or a vehicle component may have been at fault, please contact us. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how you can protect your legal rights. You can arrange an appointment with one of the automotive defects attorneys in our Boston office by calling (617) 742-1900, or toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We will forward your information to an appropriate member of our staff.

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