Faulty door latches rarely cause car accidents. If a door latch fails during an accident, however, it can contribute to serious injuries or the death of vehicle occupants.
Faulty door latches impair vehicle crashworthiness — the ability of a vehicle to sustain a crash and still protect occupants.
If a vehicle with a faulty door latch is hit in a certain way, the latch releases and the door is thrown open. Occupants can be ejected from the vehicle, putting them at increased risk of head and brain injury, neck and spinal cord injury, and death.
In other types of crashes, doors may become jammed and occupants cannot escape, which can be deadly if a fire starts.
The attorneys of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, represent people who have been seriously injured because of faulty door latches as well as the family members of those who died a wrongful death because of this auto design defect.
Experienced in Auto Defect Litigation
In addition, we have the resources to get results in auto defect litigation. The work of our attorneys is supported by an 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.
Persuasive Evidence at Trial
We may 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 our evidence warehouse to view the actual door from the crashed vehicle.
To discuss your case, please contact our law firm. We represent clients in Los Angeles, Southern California and California.