What about all the families and personal injury lawyers who forced safer cars and roads through lawsuits? Their crash worthiness and secondary impact cases have been uncovering defects and forcing car manufacturers to build safer cars for decades making changes well beyond minimal regulatory requirements. Private personal injury lawsuits are one of the most effective safety protections and taxpayers do not bear the direct costs of these cases.
Manufacturers and the government both had to be dragged to the courthouse by grieving families before seat belts, airbags, and head restraints became standard safety features. Defective door latch, seat back failures, rollover claims, and tire defects were all found by lawyers and their families before any government agency.Our Atlanta Georgia product defect law firm have represented three families with children under 12 who were paralyzed from injuries in cars with only lap belts in the rear seat when everyone else in the car walked away with minor injuries.
As our world becomes more complex in consumer, industrial and even financial products the right to a jury trial becomes ever more important to a safer world and civil justice.
Auto Fatalities Decline Wall Street Journal Feb. 9, 2009