Door latches of vehicles are essential to safety because they are designed to keep the door closed, and in turn the occupant inside the vehicle during the course of a collision. Oftentimes however, the door latch of a vehicle fails in an accident due to a defect. When a door latch fails the consequences are often grave and the injuries catastrophic.
The reason for this is that when the door latch fails, this usually means that the door of the vehicle opens. When the door opens, it can either cause an occupant to be ejected, which can lead to fatal injury, or alternatively cause occupants to have direct contact with the road or any other outside surface. The forces involved in this body to surface collisions expose the occupant to significant injury or death.
Industry regulations require that door latches be able to handle a certain amount of force during the course of a collision. However, like other products, this is not always the case, as there may be poor manufacturing or a design defect. When the door latch fails, the manufacturer and anyone else in the chain of distribution may be liable.
To handle defective door latch claims effectively, it requires many years of experience and legal expertise. You need an attorney who is able to navigate and understand the intricacies of products liability law. This requires extensive investigation and planning.
At Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A. we pride ourselves in having over 30 years of experience in handling all types of automobile defect cases. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a defective door latch, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can help maximize a recovery for you.