Door and Hood Latch Defect Attorneys
Representing Victims Injured by Defective Door and Hood Latches
Imagine the shock and terror you might experience if your car’s hood were to haphazardly open while driving on a busy highway, preventing you from seeing anything in front of you. Just as dangerous, imagine if your car door were to swing open on its own without warning while traveling at a high speed or fling open upon impact in an otherwise minor collision. Door and hood malfunctions tend to force drivers to pull over in emergency maneuvers that can cause serious accidents. These crashes (and their consequent injuries) could be prevented by proper door and hood latches.
Our team at The Potts Law Firm frequently sees vehicular accidents involving door and latch failures that result in serious personal injury – or even death. In these scenarios, our door and hoot latch defect lawyers can help you hold the automobile manufacturer accountable and fight to recover the compensation you deserve. We have already recovered over a billion dollars for our clients and have what it takes to win product liability cases. Our legal professionals will act quickly and do whatever it takes to deliver an optimal outcome.
If you suffered injuries after your car’s door or hood latch failed, schedule a free initial consultation by contacting us online or calling (888) 420-1299. Our firm offers same-day appointments and provides services in English and Spanish.
Common Injuries in Door and Hood Latch Defect Accidents
When your door or hood unexpectedly opens while you are on the road, you will in most cases instinctively attempt to stop, swerve to pull over, or move to close the door. All of these understandable maneuvers can result in accidents if a vehicle behind you is not paying attention or if there happens to be a vehicle beside you or in your blind spot when you try to pull over. The resulting collisions can lead to significant, life-altering injuries, especially if the crash occurs on a highway.
Our door and hood latch defect attorneys are ready to represent you if you suffered any of the following injuries in an accident:
- Broken bones and/or fractures
- Burns, scarring, and/or disfigurement
- Internal injuries and bleeding
- Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Who Is Liable for a Defective Door or Hood Latch?
Properly designed, manufactured, tested, and installed door and hood latches should not open during the normal operation of a vehicle. Doors and hoods also should not open in low- to medium-force crashes. Sadly, many automobile manufacturers cut corners in both older and newer vehicles, using antiquated designs and poor metallurgy.
Depending on the precise cause of the door and hood latch failure, any of the following parties may be liable for your injuries:
- The vehicle manufacturer
- The door or hood latch’s designer
- The door or hood latch’s manufacturer
- The door or hood latch’s testing and installation team
To win the case, you will need to prove the failed door or hood latch was “unreasonably” dangerous, and that danger caused your injuries. You most likely do not have a case if you discover your car has a defective door or hood latch but did not suffer injuries in a crash. Most dangerous defects are rooted in a flawed design or manufacturing error. We can help you evaluate the faulty component and work to determine the nature of the defect.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Defective Door or Hood Latch Lawsuit?
You may be able to recover monetary and non-monetary damages through a product liability lawsuit, which you must file against the liable party (or parties) before your state’s statute of limitations expires. The exact time limits vary, so it wise to speak to a legal professional sooner rather than later. Should an accident involving a failed door or hood latch kill someone, the deceased’s qualifying surviving loved ones will get additional time to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Our team at The Potts Law Firm will work to get you full and just compensation for all losses, including:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Not sure what to do after a failed door or hood latch causes an accident? Call (888) 420-1299 or contact us online to start exploring your legal options.
Many failed door and hatch cases will involve suing your vehicle’s manufacturer. To protect their finances and reputations, vehicle manufacturers will go to extensive lengths to defend themselves, even if the evidence is overwhelmingly against them. You should not go against their considerable legal resources alone: You need someone who understands how to circumvent their efforts and deliver a favorable outcome.
Our door and hood latch defect lawyers are agile litigators who work fast and will make every effort to facilitate a successful result as quickly as possible. This may include negotiating a settlement before proceeding to trial. We have the resources and skills needed to investigate your accident, ascertain liability, source evidence, and fight for you in and out of the courtroom.
If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.
Q:Can You Settle My Defective Door or Hood Latch Case Before Filing a Lawsuit or a Trial?
Possibly. Depending on the available evidence and our perception of the situation, we may attempt to negotiate a settlement with the defendant before we formally bring a lawsuit. The goal is to get you the money you need as quickly as possible. Settlements are not always possible, though we will always keep you updated and get your permission before taking any action.
Q:What Do You Charge for Defective Door and Hood Latch Defect Cases?
Our firm handles defective door and hood latch cases on a contingency basis, meaning you do not owe us any fees unless we win or settle your case. You will not need to pay anything out of pocket.
Q:I Caused a Car Accident Due to a Defective Door or Hood Latch. Can I Still File a Product Liability Lawsuit?
Yes. If you were involved in a single-car accident (if the problem caused you to run your vehicle off the road or hit an object as you attempted to pull over), filing a product liability lawsuit is straightforward. If you hit another vehicle in the process of stopping, your case may be more complicated, but any personal injury action pursued by the other driver operates independently of your product liability suit against the vehicle manufacturer (or any other liable party). We can help you understand your options.
Q:How Can I Protect Myself from Known Door or Hood Latch Issues?
You can check https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls to find out if your vehicle has been subject to a recall due to door or hood latch issues. Note that your car could still have a defective door or hood latch even if it has not been recalled.
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