MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHWORTHINESS AND SAFETY DESIGN
The purchase of an automobile is the second largest debt most American consumers will ever incur, second only to the purchase of a home. Florida law provides consumers with the right to rely on automobile manufacturers to incorporate crashworthiness safety into the design of their vehicles. Sadly, it does not always work out that way.
There are approximately 6,500,000 traffic accidents per year in the United States. No one knows the statistics and potential for death and serious injury from motor vehicle collisions better than the automobile manufacturers. Yet, automakers regularly make greedy design and manufacturing decisions that prioritize profit over safety, risking the lives of the buyers and occupants of their cars. Thousands of Americans suffer serious injuries and death that could have been prevented or mitigated had reasonable crashworthiness improvements been made to vehicles.
Of course, the Ford Pinto case and the GM pick-up truck side-gas tank explosions are notoriously remembered because of the inexpensive improvements that could have been made to those vehicles but weren´t, solely because Ford and GM compromised safety to save costs and maximize profits. However, there are far more cases where the facts are equal to or worse than the Pinto and GM truck cases but are not as widely known.
Lance Block has been recognized by his peers as a preeminent trial attorney for motor vehicle crashworthiness and automobile product liability cases, including The Best Lawyers in America and U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms in America. His success in resolving cases due to automobile crashworthiness liability litigation have included roll-over instability, roof crush, seat belt and airbag malfunctions, steering column and occupant compartment defects, padding insufficiencies, brake and gas pedal defects, tire failures, seat back failures, and unsafe child car seats.
Mr. Block has the experience, reputation and courage to stand up to automakers, tire companies, and child car seat manufacturers. If a loved one has been killed in a motor vehicle accident, or you or a family member has been injured in an automobile collision, Lance Block has a proven record in the courtroom and in the settlement of such cases.