Defective Car Door Latches
Los Angeles Firm Representing Injury Victims in Auto Defect Claims
Faulty door latches rarely cause car accidents. If a door latch fails during an accident, however, it can contribute to serious, life-altering injuries or the death of vehicle occupants. Because defective car door latches can severely impair vehicle “crashworthiness” – or the ability of a vehicle to sustain a crash and still protect its occupants – car manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that the door latches work as intended in an accident. When they fail to meet this responsibility, they may be subject to civil liability for victims’ losses.
When you work with the skilled auto defects team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, you will benefit from our years of experience and record of success in complex auto defect litigation. With the legal and technical knowledge to pursue these challenging cases, we will serve as dedicated advocates for those who have suffered catastrophic injuries or lost loved ones because of defective car door latches. We want to help you focus on recovering from your injuries, which is why we often work on contingency fees and travel to locations convenient for you and your family.
To reach our Los Angeles team, call (866) 634-4525 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We can serve clients in Southern California and beyond.
Filing a Defective Design Claim for Faulty Door Latches
Under product liability laws in California, injury victims are empowered to hold product manufacturers accountable for preventable and dangerous design defects. Unlike with a standard car accident lawsuit that relies on proving driver negligence, defective product claims rely on the principle of “strict liability” – meaning that you do not need to demonstrate that the manufacturer was negligent to have a case. By showing that the product was unreasonably safe or dangerous in some aspect of its design, manufacture, or marketing – and that this defect directly caused your injuries even when the product was used as intended – you could be eligible for compensation.
In a faulty door latch claim, the most common argument is that the latch had inherent design defects. For example, a faulty door latch may release and throw the door open when it is hit in a certain way, ejecting passengers from the moving vehicle and exposing them to catastrophic injury risks. If a car door latch tends to jam, occupants may be unable to escape from car fires and other post-crash hazards, turning a minor accident into a fatal one.
Other common car door latch defects include:
- Defective remote rods
- Lack of torque in the latch springs
- Misaligned door latch
- Faulty door mechanisms
Using Persuasive Evidence at Trial
At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our Los Angeles defective door latch attorneys have the resources to get results in auto defect litigation. The work of our attorneys is supported by a full in-house team of investigators who know how to determine if a door latch is defective – and how to demonstrate that fact to a judge and jury. When necessary, we hire respected automotive experts to examine the evidence and provide their opinions on whether the door latch was defective.
We may also use life-size models of the door latch mechanism to show exactly why the latch failed and how a better design could have prevented the tragedy. In some cases, we may bring the jury to an evidence warehouse to view the actual door from the crashed vehicle.
If you were seriously injured in an accident or lost a family member because of faulty door latches, we can provide a free consultation for your case. Call (866) 634-4525.
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