Car doors are key structural parts of vehicles that can protect occupants from outside conditions, as well as from the impact of collisions. When vehicle doors malfunction, however, occupants can suffer serious, possibly life-threatening injuriesregardless of whether a crash happens.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective car door, you can turn to the experienced lawyers at the Amaro Law Firm for answers about your potential claim.
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Car door defects can trap occupants or eject them from a vehicle. Automakers, engineers, and others can be liable when defective car doors contribute to injuries, losses, and suffering.
The defects that can cause car doors to malfunction can come in various forms, including (but not limited to) problems with the:
Latches and/or locks – Both of these features keep doors shut when they are closed or permit them to open when occupants pull the door handle. Car door latch and lock defects can include sticky or jammed latches or locks, failures to remain connected or locked and failures to disengage.
Remote rods – The remote rod connects the door handle to the latch. Remote rod defects can include broken rods, twisted rods and distorted rods. Any of these defects can prevent occupants from being able to open or close vehicle doors.
Door handles – The handle allows an occupant to control the position and function of a car door at any given time. Defects with door handles can cause them to break or malfunction, preventing occupants from being able to control the car door.
Door structure and/or hatch – The structure and hatch of the door protect the internal mechanisms responsible for the door’s proper functioning. If the structure or hatch is weak or poorly designed, it is far more likely that latches, locks, remote rods and other components will be damaged. That, in turn, can increase the risk of malfunctions and car door failures.
When these (or other) vehicle door defects prevent occupants from being able to control the position and function of doors, incredibly dangerous situations can arise. These can include (but not limited to):
Doors flying open while a vehicle is moving or upon the impact of a collision
Vehicle occupants being trapped in vehicles, unable to open doors – This can possibly require the Jaws of Life to remove trapped occupants.
Vehicle occupants being ejected from vehicles – More than 3 in 4 people who are ejected from a vehicle during a collision suffer fatal injuries.1
Causes of Vehicle Door Defects & Failures
Car door defects and failures can result from a number of factors, like (but not necessarily limited to):
Failing to properly design doors
Using substandard materials to construct doors
Making mistakes or cutting corners in the door assembly process
Failing to adequately test the safety of doors
Failing to warn the public about how to properly use doors or the risks associated with car doors.
When these and/or other forms of negligence cause car door malfunctions and injuries, parties like (but not restricted to) the following may be liable:
Vehicle equipment manufacturers
Safety test consultants or companies
Auto mechanics (if their mistakes or oversights in repairing a vehicle contribute to door malfunctions).
An attorney at the Amaro Law Firm can help you determine liability for your car door failure claim and help you take the right steps to hold all liable parties accountable for your injuries and losses.
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A Houston personal injury attorney at the Amaro Law Firm is ready to help you successfully navigate the recovery process if you or a loved one has been harmed by a car door defect or failure.
Call (877) 892-2797, text (281) 612-8024 or email our firm for your FREE consultation.
Experienced, strategic and tireless, our attorneys can provide you with the representation and guidance necessary for your claim. This compensation can be integral to providing you with the financial means to seek treatment and rebuild your life.
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