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Frequently Asked Questions About Motor Vehicle Defects

Q: What is "crashworthiness?"

A: Crashworthiness is the ability of a vehicle to prevent injuries to the occupants in the event of a collision.

Q: What kinds of things affect a vehicle's "crashworthiness?"

A: The vehicle's size, design and safety features such as seat belts, airbags and crumple zones all affect its crashworthiness.

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A used car dealer has a duty to discover and repair any obvious defects in the vehicle, or defects that are reasonably discoverable.

Kentucky Auto Defects Lawyers

Dangerous motor vehicle defects are responsible for causing serious personal injury - and even death - to innocent victims out on the roads and highways. At the Law Office of Richard W. Hay in Somerset, Kentucky, their auto defects attorneys have been seeking compensation for the harm done by defective air bags, seat belts, door latches, or other automotive components. Read on to learn more about the products liability cases related to different types of motor vehicle defects.

Motor Vehicle Defects - An Overview

In general, motor vehicles are safely designed and carefully manufactured. Some, however, are carelessly made or improperly designed. Poorly designed or defectively produced vehicles can be dangerous and can cause serious injury or death. If you or a family member has been injured in an automobile-related accident caused by a defective or poorly designed component, call today to schedule a consultation with an experienced products liability attorney who can advise you about the rules that apply to your situation.

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The Concept of "Crashworthiness"

The most important concept in vehicle defect liability cases is "crashworthiness". Crashworthiness is the ability of a vehicle to prevent injuries to the occupants in the event of a collision. During a collision, a vehicle's occupants are subject to a number of forces that can result in injury, including rapid deceleration and rapid acceleration, depending on the direction of impact in the collision.

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Elements of a Motor Vehicle Defect Claim

Unlike an ordinary personal injury claim for negligence, in order to establish a vehicle manufacturer or seller's liability for a vehicle defect, you do not need to show that they were careless, and that their carelessness led to your accident or injury. Instead, liability in motor vehicle defect cases is controlled by the doctrine of strict liability.

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Vehicle Safety and Restraint Devices

Vehicle safety is a significant consideration, both in terms of liability for injuries resulting from automobile accidents and when the average consumer is shopping for a new car. Every new passenger vehicle must meet federal standards specifying minimum safety levels, but this doesn't mean all cars are equally safe. There still are important safety differences. Identifying the safest car on the road is impossible, but it is possible to shop for a safer car because some vehicle characteristics are inherently safer than others, and many automakers offer safety features beyond the required minimums.

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Motor Vehicle Defect Recalls

One of the most common vehicle defect issues faced by the public is that of safety recalls of a motor vehicle. Safety recalls are usually instigated by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the vehicle manufacturers themselves in response to a discovered defect in a vehicle or a component of that vehicle. So it is important to understand the procedure that is followed in vehicle recalls and the respective responsibilities of those involved.

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The Law Office of Richard W. Hay, representing clients in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, is located in Somerset, eastern Kentucky, and serves clients in Lake Cumberland, Lexington, Richmond, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Albany, Jamestown, Frankfort, Louisville, other towns near Interstate 75, and throughout Pulaski County, Wayne County, McCreary County, Fayette County, Madison County, and Clinton County, Kentucky.