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Faulty Safety Equipment and Daytona Beach Lawyers

Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 10:50AM

The auto industry, with some prodding by the government and safety proponents, has done a good job making autos safer than they have ever been.

      Daytona Beach lawyers note that with more airbags and electronic stability control, the chances of surviving a wreck in a newer model vehicle have gone up drastically. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contributes the current decline in fatalities to the recession keeping more people off the road, it also notes that lives have been saved due to safety measures.

The NHTSA estimated that in 2008 (the latest figures available):

244 lives were saved by the use of child restraints

13,250 lives of people 5 and older were saved by seat belts

2,546 lives of people 13 and older were saved by air bags

1,829 lives were saved by the use of motorcycle helmets

714 lives were saved by minimum-drinking-age laws

Electronic stability control is just now entering the market, but the agency estimates 5,300 to 9,600 lives will be saved once all light vehicles are equipped withESC.

     While all of this is great news, Daytona Beach lawyers also understand why people get especially upset when the safety equipment in their vehicles fail to work. One of safety features people complain about a lot is the failure of their airbag to deploy in an accident.

      It is important to understand that if you are injured in an accident because the safety equipment in your vehicle failed to function properly, you may have a cause of action against the automotive manufacturer.  Daytona Beach lawyers are pleased to consult with you about your rights should your safety equipment fail.

     The failure of safety equipment was the central issue in a famous Daytona Beach case - the wreck that claimed the life of Dale Earnhardt in the Daytona 500. NASCAR, the auto racing sanctioning organization, initially blamed safety equipment failure, specifically the safety harness made by Simpson Performance Products, as part of the reason for Earnhardt’s death. Its final report, however, noted the safety harness was not at fault. While no one ever sued Simpson, the company did sue NASCAR for defamation. That lawsuit was later dropped. Earnhardt’s death ultimately lead to the use of head and neck restraints, and soft walls at NASCAR tracks.

     Hopefully, U.S. traffic fatalities peaked in 2005 at about 43,000. Those shocking losses have helped promote better safety equipment in all of our vehicles, just as Earnhardt’s death did for NASCAR.

      Personal injury and product liability are two of the practice areas of the Daytona Beach-based law firm of Seitz & Tresher. The firm also handles cases of wrongful death, nursing home abuse, medical negligence and public entity liability.

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