Door Latch and Hood Latch Failures

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Imagine the shock a driver experiences when their hood haphazardly opens while driving on the highway. Even more dangerous, imagine your door opening on its own while you’re driving, or flying open upon impact in a minor accident. Door and hood latch malfunctions often result in drivers pulling over in an emergency maneuver that results in vehicular accidents. These accidents can be prevented with proper door and hood latches.

Properly designed door and hood latches should not come open during normal operation of the vehicle, or in low to medium force crashes. But, unfortunately, many car manufacturers cut corners when it comes to door latches and hood latches, using old designs and poor metallurgy.

As defective door and hood latch lawyers, we see many accidents involving product failures that result in serious personal injury or death. If you or a loved one have been involved in a serious accident involving a door or hood latch defect, contact the injury attorneys at The Potts Law Firm to determine if you have a case against your vehicle manufacturer.

Common Damages
  • Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Internal injuries and bleeding
  • Burns, scarring and disfigurement
  • Death to a loved one or family member
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I protect myself from hood latch and door latch recalls?

Visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls to find out if your vehicle has door or hood latch issues or recalls.

I was involved in an accident where I was at fault. Can I still file a products liability claim for my defective automobile?

Even if you caused a car accident, like running off the road and hitting an object, your vehicle is meant to protect you and your loved ones during a crash. If you or a family member have been injured or killed by a defective vehicle, call us for a free consultation.

What do you charge for my product’s liability lawsuit?

We only take cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning we only get paid if we win or settle your case. If there is no recovery, you will owe no attorney’s fees. We advance all case expenses, so we will not ask you to pay any costs out of pocket.

Can you settle my case before filing a lawsuit or trial?

If time permits and we think there is a good chance your case will be taken seriously by a defendant, we often will provide voluntary information and make a settlement demand to resolve your case without a trial. Of course, we only do this with the client’s permission and active involvement.

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