Paying more money for a luxury vehicle may not afford any more safety benefits, reports the Chicago Tribune. But it’s not just the opulent car brands that are to blame; crash safety may be a problem with all types of vehicles on the road. Consumers just may not get better protection for their money when it comes to top-brand vehicles.
A recent report by the Chicago Tribune details the findings of simulated crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, finding that luxury automobile brands such as BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus all earned “poor” ratings in a test that simulated what happens when the front corner of a sedan hits another vehicle or an object such as a tree or pole.
In fact, in this year’s crash test that examined front-corner impacts, only three of 11 luxury cars from the 2012 model year satisfactorily passed the test, raising concerns over the fact that most vehicles may not be able to provide protection from serious injuries in a common accident. But perhaps even more significant was the worry raised by officials in charge of directing the Consumer Reports’ auto testing program: if luxury vehicles are failing at a high rate, it is likely that most cars won’t do well in collisions involving the front-corner of the vehicle.
In fact, officials from the Consumer Reports group estimate that a major source of the more than 10,000 frontal-crash fatalities can be attributed to the type of accident studied by this particular test. Design changes based on the insurance group data would create safer vehicles and save lives, and the auto industry could provide more effective protection by designing the passenger safety cage to resist front-corner impacts, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers represent people who are injured in car accidents resulting from faulty products or a defective design in automobiles and trucks, such as defective seat belts, tires or, in this case, insufficient passenger protection.
An important concept in Illinois personal injury law is the idea that companies are responsible for ensuring the safety of products that they put on the market, including automobile parts that are used as parts of motor vehicles. Corporations are expected to test their merchandise to ensure that the products conform to applicable safety regulations, and when dangerous or defective products are disseminated to the public, the companies may be held legally responsible for injuries that arise from the use of those hazardous products.
Ultimately, this means that if you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile accident, and that harm is either attributed to, or made worse by, a failure in the design of the vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Our Chicago car accident attorneys represent clients across Illinois who have suffered personal injuries or lost loved ones in all types of motor vehicle accidents. Our attorneys have extensive experience with the unique challenges and complexities of automobile accident law, which has enabled us to achieve many multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients.