The family of a deceased in Dallas County is suing Chevrolet over an alleged failure of the air bags in her Chevrolet Impala. A story in the Southeast Texas Record reports that the accident occurred in 2010, when the woman was driving her car in Van Zandt County. The woman lost control of her vehicle and, according to the lawsuit, the air bags failed to deploy when she slammed into a culvert on the side of the road.
The lawsuit alleges that the vehicle was “defective and unreasonably dangerous” and contributed to the death of the woman.
Safety Device Failures
When the safety devices in cars fail to deploy, the driver can be seriously injured or killed due to that failure. Air bags and seatbelts are prone to failures, though the amount of testing done on these safety systems usually ensures that they do function as intended. When they do not, however, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if you lose a family member or a defective product lawsuit, in other cases. A wrongful death law firm can help you to determine how to best proceed in these cases.
Watch for Recalls
Make sure you keep an eye on the news for any indications that your vehicle may have issues. Defective product issues oftentimes result in recalls being undertaken by the manufacturer so that the problems can be fixed. You can check on websites such as Recalls.gov to find out if any products you own, automotive or otherwise, have been recalled, as well. You’ll generally be informed by the manufacturer or the dealership where you bought the car—or both—if your car does need to be recalled, however.
Most of the time, getting these issues fixed only requires a trip to a dealership where they’ll fix the car for you at no charge. Make sure you do go through the fix so that you know your car is as safe as possible.
If you’re injured or you have lost someone due to a dangerous vehicle, talking to an attorney might be a wise move. The attorney may be able to put together a lawsuit that could help you to win compensation from the manufacturer. There are many different ways in which such a claim may be approached, but you need to talk to an attorney soon so that you don’t miss the limitations on how long you have to sue.
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