Lets face it, despite the efforts of the automobile industry, no vehicle can
be designed to withstand all of the forces typically at work in a severe
For example, most bumper systems are designed to withstand a five
mile-per-hour impact without much damage. However, isolator/shock
absorber/piston bumpers, foam core bumpers, and honeycomb bumpers can, and
often do, sustain significant damage in accidents occurring as low a speed
as 8 to 10 miles-per-hour. Depending upon whether your vehicle is struck by
a moving vehicle, or whether your vehicle strikes a stationary object, other
significant forces can be brought to bear.
The type of accident involved, the size and crash worthiness of the
vehicles involved, and the utilization of airbags, shoulder harnesses, and
seatbelts, all play an important role in the type of injuries actually
Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries all too often result from the
acceleration/deceleration forces involved in a car accident. Soft tissues,
including whiplash injuries, as well as spinal injuries likewise are the all
to common result of an automobile accident. Internal injuries, bone
fractures, contusions and abrasions are common injuries sustained in an
automobile accident. In many instances, symptoms of the injuries can take
up to seventy-two hours to manifest themselves. Following an accident, if
you experience dizziness, vision problems, headaches, difficulty with memory
and concentration, or sustain back pain, neck pain or muscle aches, it is
important that you consult with a healthcare professional as soon as is
The insurance industry is not in the business of paying claims. To
the contrary, do not be surprised if the carrier for the culpable driver
denies that your injuries were sustained as a result of the automobile
accident. This is especially so where treatment is not immediate or if the
vehicles' evidence little damage.
Just as there are a wide range of injuries that often times result
from automobile accidents, the symptoms from these injuries may take a
significant period of time before they manifest. This is especially so with
individuals sustaining diffuse axonal shearing, or other traumatic brain
injury. Headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, change in taste, smell or
hearing, attention deficits, and other concentration problems should be
carefully monitored by appropriate healthcare professionals.
Rollover accidents can cause a roof to collapse, thereby resulting
in injury to the occupants of the vehicle. As an occupant comes into
contact with any collapsing part of a motor vehicle, injury is almost
assured. During rollover accidents, it is not uncommon for passengers to be
ejected from the vehicle and severe injuries, including fatalities, result.
Car seating can also be a cause of significant injury. Remember,
never put children under eleven years of age in the front seat. According
to the NHTSA, these children should be seated in the back of the vehicle
with a seat belt and shoulder harness on. Extremely young children should
be placed in rear-facing infant seats, also in the back of the vehicle.
The primary consideration at work behind these guidelines are
dangers resulting from airbags. Airbags deploy in an extremely fast
fashion. Generally, a sensor, in conjunction with an onboard computer,
decides whether or not an airbag ought to be deployed in an accident. Often
times, the sensor is triggered by the change in velocity of the vehicle
Airbags are known to cause fatal injuries in infants improperly
placed in the front seat. Injuries to adults can occur as well. These
injuries can include injuries to the head, chest, face, arms, eyes, and jaw.
Fractures, as well as bruises and abrasions are common. This is especially
so where the adult is sitting within a foot of the airbag console.
The restraint systems themselves - be they seatbelts or seatbelts
with shoulder harnesses - can likewise cause injury. All to often, however,
the benefits of utilizing such systems far outweigh the risks involved.
Defectively designed and manufactured vehicles, as well as those vehicles
not properly maintained, can often be the cause of accidents. An automobile
manufacturer may be responsible under legal theories of strict product
liability where it is established that the design of the vehicle caused harm
to the operator and occupants.
Similarly, an automobile manufacturer may be held responsible under a legal
theory of strict products liability where a manufacturing defect so caused
the accident, or where the manufacturer failed to warn the consumer about a
Other legal theories may include breach of the implied warranty of
merchantability, breach of the implied warranty of fitness for a particular
purpose, breach of warranty of title and sales contracts, and products
liability - negligence.
The Scarlett Law Group promptly investigates the cause of the accident. No
stone is left unturned during the investigative process. From driver
negligence, to products failure, the Scarlett Law Group analyzes all
causative factors involved in a collision.
If you or someone you know has been injured
as the result of an auto accident or car crash,
you need the assistance of The Scarlett Law Group.
today to speak with a California Personal Injury Attorney.