Nationwide Car Structural Defect Lawyers
Representing Victims Injured by Serious Structural Collapse During an Accident
When a vehicle falls apart like this minivan did during a side impact, occupants are at extreme risk of serious injury or death.
A safe vehicle design should minimize passenger compartment intrusion in case of an accident. While seatbelts can keep occupants tied to their seats, they may still collide with vehicle elements that deform during a crash. Structural defects like these open up automakers to liability after an accident, and you should take action if you were injured.
Catastrophic injuries have lifelong consequences that can cause emotional and financial strain for you and your family. We want to help you file for fair compensation to meet your needs. Our attorneys have been serving the victims of auto defects since 1969. Let us put our experience to work for you.
Call The Gilbert Law Group® to schedule a free consultation with one of our car structural defect attorneys at (888) 711-5947. We serve clients throughout the nation.
What Causes Structural Defects?
In order to meet fuel efficiency regulations, car manufacturers are under intense pressure to decrease vehicle weight. Too often, this has led to manufacturers cutting corners at the expense of safety.
For example, some automakers frequently use lower gauges of steel for structural members like the body pillars, windshield header, and roof components. The weakness this introduces into a car’s structure can be compounded by cost-cutting practices. To cut down on expensive welds, many car manufacturers have begun to rely on an industrial form of glue called “structural adhesive.” Needless to say, even strong glue cannot match the strength of a traditional weld. This combination of weaker components and a weaker hold can result in structural collapse in serious car accidents.
Most importantly, these added dangers are preventable. Manufacturers can save weight without sacrificing structural integrity by substituting high-strength steel in place of the low-carbon steel typically used by U.S. automakers. While slightly more expensive, high-strength steel is lighter and stronger, meaning it can help automakers meet fuel efficiency requirements without creating safety risks.
Our In-House State-of-the-Art Engineering Team
When it comes to structural defects, it’s important to be able to clearly demonstrate how a car’s build was defective—and how a better construction could have kept you safer in an accident. In our engineering exploration of alternative design, a computer program called LS-Dyna allows us to create visual aides including comparison videos to emphasize the benefits of proper welds and steel grades.
This comparison shows the difference in survival space between the two scenarios. In some cases, merely inches make the difference between a catastrophicor a minor injury.
Contact our team at (888) 711-5947 if you believe a structural auto defect contributed to your injuries in an accident. We have helped clients recover close to $1 billion.
Leaders in Product Liability
We’ve taken on big corporations like Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, and other automakers to protect the rights of injured consumers.
Nationally Recognized Personal Injury Law Firm
Our Firm is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and a recipient of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News.
Making the World Safer
After being challenged by our lawyers, major companies have pulled defective products off the market.
Engineering Team on Staff
The Gilbert Law Group® is the only firm in the U.S. to have an in-house engineering team to assess and explain product defects.
Over One Billion Dollars Recovered
Since 1969, we have fought aggressively for our clients, never turning away from even the most formidable opponents.
When you are facing complex legal issues and high-profile defendants, you need a lawyer who knows how to fight these battles. Our team has taken on some of our nation’s biggest corporations and, with the help of our network of professional consultants and our skilled in-house engineering team, can help jurors make sense of highly technical evidence.
Record Trial Court Verdict - Products Case $52,000,000
Truck Burn Injury $51,100,000
Record Trial Verdict - Rear-end Collision $43,200,000
Jury Verdict Brain Damage Case $35,000,000
Heavy Truck Fire Case $29,500,000
Bad Faith Insurance - Head On Auto Collision $17.8 Million
Record Jury Verdict - Seat Belt Failure $17,500,000
Auto Accident $9,500,000
Auto Defect $9,000,000
Wrongful Death $8,400,000
Having knowledgeable attorneys and an experienced team on your side matters when arguing a complex case like a car structural defect claim. Be confident in your case when you have our team and resources on your side. We are known nationally for our success in auto defect cases. In litigating against some of the largest automakers and parts manufacturers, The Gilbert Law Group® has honed our strategic approach to these cases. We know how to talk to juries and judges to get your case the attention it needs.