Georgia Product Liability Lawsuits Against Automakers Promote Vehicle Safety


September 17, 2010

Car accidents are an unavoidable reality of the widespread use of vehicles in our daily lives. More than 1,720 people are involved in auto accidents per day in Georgia, which amounts to more than 70 accidents per hour. Many of these accidents are severe, leading to catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal chord injuries, head and neck injuries, internal organ damage, fractures, paralysis and even fatalities.

Recent data indicates that over 1,700 people die in car accidents in Georgia each year. Statistics about others being involved in accidents are sometimes easy to minimize, but every Georgia driver will typically be involved in at least one accident each decade.

Sadly, many of these accidents and the resulting injuries are the result of product defects that could easily have been corrected. Product liability lawsuits brought against automakers help force the auto industry to continue to improve the safety of their vehicles and discourage allowing dangerous defects to remain unchanged. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have been helping those seriously injured in auto accidents and their families for over 25 years. Our attorneys and staff know that product liability lawsuits against car manufacturers for dangerous vehicle defects not only helps current victims, but helps force the auto industry to make safety improvements to prevent future accidents and injuries.

The auto industry has made great strides in terms of improving the safety of motor vehicles in recent years. These efforts have been accompanied by new safety standards and requirements imposed by government regulations. Despite these improvements there are still incidents of defective vehicles leading to serious auto accidents and causing major auto related injuries when automakers choose to put profits over public safety. Examples of recent motor vehicle defects that have caused avoidable accidents and injuries include:

  • Defective Seat Belts
  • Defective Air Bags
  • Defective Tires
  • Defects Leading to Sudden Acceleration Accidents
  • SUV Rollovers and castraphic injuries resulting from, among other things, a narrow wheel base/high center of gravity and weak roof structure

These are only a few examples of defects that have made the nightly news recently. There are many components of a vehicle that can be defective and cause accidents and serious injuries. Product liability lawsuits brought against automakers allow a court to award punitive damages that are designed to discourage a company from continuing to manufacture defective vehicles.  The threat of punitive damages in a product liability lawsuit reinforce and supplement government regulations designed to encourage vehicle safety.  Product liability lawsuits have helped to usher in major improvements in car safety over the years such as mandatory seat belts, airbags and correcting rollover defects in vehicles.  

The threat of punitive damages in a product liability lawsuit can be more effective than government regulations at saving lives. Unfortunately, government regulations usually are not imposed until vehicle defects have resulted in serious accidents causing severe injuries or fatalities. The threat of punitive damages compels automakers to carefully consider the cost of vehicle defects and take corrective action before accidents occur. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we recognize the value of product liability lawsuits in making your motor vehicles safer.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in an auto accident, including accidents resulting from vehicle defects, we are ready to help you and your family. Our Georgia auto accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia including, but not limited to, Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller and rural towns in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com.  No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away.

Category: Auto Accidents

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