All cars should be designed effectively enough to protect passengers in the event of a collision. For obvious reasons, some cars are better at doing this than others: Cars designed for families might have more sophisticated safety technology than a budget car, for example. Despite this, all cars must be sufficiently safe to protect passengers in the event of a collision.
The term "crashworthy" is used to discuss how well-equipped a car is to cope with a collision. In the event of a crash, two collisions are said to take place. These are the collision between the car and the other object, and the collision between the vehicle and the passengers. Crashworthy cars are designed to effectively minimize the effects of the second collision through the use of seat belts, crumple zones, airbags and fire prevention.
If you were recently involved in an accident and you believe that your car did not prevent an injury in the way that it should have, you may want to consider making a car defect claim. By doing so, you may be able to successfully recoup damages. The following are common ways in which action can be taken against the vehicle manufacturer if you suffered injuries after an accident.
You should be able to show that a defect worsened the injuries suffered
In order to make a liability claim against a vehicle manufacturer, you do not necessarily need to show that the collision was caused by a defect. Instead, you can try to show that a defect in the car's safety technology led to worsened injuries. For example, if an airbag failed to inflate, you will probably be able to show that the affected passenger suffered additional injuries because of the defective airbag.
You may be able to prove that the vehicle was not designed to reasonable standards. Manufacturers have the duty to design a vehicle that is as safe as reasonably possible, and if they failed to do this, they may be liable.
If you are considering trying to hold a vehicle manufacturer liable for the worsening of injuries or for causing death after a car accident, it is important that you understand the law in Arizona before taking action.