- Personal Injury Lawyer
- Case Settlements
Sometimes a car accident attorney will agree to take on a client whose injuries don’t seem to match up with the damage done to their vehicle, at least not at first glance. That doesn’t mean that the victim’s injuries weren’t caused by the car accident, but that modern cars are designed to “crumple” during collision, deforming the car and creating unpredictable areas of impact.
In the early days of driving, automotive engineers believed that strong metals made the safest cars. But in reality, the passengers absorbed most of the force from the impact of a collision. As a solution, the concept of a crumple zone was patented by a German engineer and first tested on a Mercedes-Benz W111 Fintail in 1959. Basically, certain parts of the car are made of materials that will be crushed on impact, redistributing some of the force away from the driver.
Most auto manufacturers have their own patented crumple zone designs, which can vary greatly depending on the size and weight of the car. Some of the more advanced designs use a sophisticated mix of metals and materials to absorb kinetic energy.
Crumple zones improve car accident safety in two ways:
Of course, there is more to safe design than whether or not a vehicle will crumple. Design engineers have to consider many factors, such as:
For example, a race car is far more likely to experience severe impact than a city bus, and among regular road vehicles, SUVs usually crash with more force than small cars.
As a result of these crumple zones, sometimes a car accident victim might appear to have only minor injuries. But the impact of a car accident can still be the cause of serious internal damage.
Even without obvious cuts, scrapes, or broken bones, anyone who has been in a car accident should get a thorough medical examination.
Keep in mind, too, that some medical conditions–such as whiplash injuries–may not begin to produce symptoms until days after the accident. If you have been injured and your car is a newer model that likely has a crumple zone in place, it may be a good idea to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney who can articulate injury damages separate and apart from the automobile damage.
If a negligent driver causes a commercial truck accident, the trucking company can be burdened with vicarious liability torts. The company can be held liable for the driver’s negligence under the legal tenet known as respondeat superior, a Latin phrase that translates as “let the superior make the response.” This concept transfers the truck driver’s […]
Tort liability in personal injury cases is most often based on acts of negligence, but there are exceptions. Sometimes the responsible party is held to the strict liability tort standard, meaning that a finding of negligence or malicious intent is not required. The most common types of strict liability tort cases are based on: Product […]
A negligence-based lawsuit against a school can have unique complications, depending on the type of institution it is. Overall, teachers, school administrators, and other staff have a “duty of care,” meaning they must take reasonable steps to avoid and prevent circumstances likely to cause personal injury to a student. Some reasons you might want to […]