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Before we became parents, many of us would have driven any type of vehicle without much thought as to whether it was equipped with properly functioning safety features. However, as soon as we secure our newborns in a car seat for the first time and drive away from the hospital, a safe ride is our number one priority.

 

Car accidents claim the lives of thousands of drivers and victims each year for a variety of reasons from a reckless driver to issues related to automobile failure. “An auto part or system fails because of faulty manufacturing or design,” says Riddle & Brantley, Raleigh Car Accident Lawyers, “fatal or serious accidents have been attributed to a sudden tire blow-out or airbags that failed to deploy or deployed without warning.” Unfortunately, recently, a massive airbag recall has left many parents second guessing getting behind the wheel in fear that their next car trip will be their last.

What a Major Airbag Recall Means for Your Family’s Safety

 

When any massive recall occurs, it’s natural to panic, but it’s also important to remember that recalls will force companies to be more accountable and hopefully create a safer product. In May of 2015, the Japanese company Takata, one of the biggest airbag suppliers for more than a decade, admitted that its airbags were defective. As a result, 34 million vehicles in the U.S. were recalled; that’s about 1 in 7 of the over 250 million vehicles on the roads. The airbags were deemed defective after exploded during deployment, sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The dangerous defect has been responsible for six deaths and over 100 injuries.

 

With a recall like Takata’s, there are numerous makes and models of vehicles that can be affected in the recall. If your vehicle is equipped with a defective airbag, you should receive a notice to have the airbag replaced. Failure to resolve the issue can put you and your child’s life at risk.

Overall Safety & Reliability

 

You shouldn’t wait for the next recall to ensure that your car is safe and reliable. If you are shopping for a new vehicle don’t forget to check out safety ratings before making your purchase. While a vehicle may malfunction at any time, it’s vital to make sure that your child has a safe and appropriately sized safety seat for his or her size; remember, safety seats and seat belts can prevent injuries leading to disabilities and even save lives.

 

In order to keep tabs on the safety and reliability of your vehicle, pay attention to the news and check out vehicle safety sites, such as National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA). Additionally, find a car technician you trust and set up scheduled maintenances to check things like the tires and brakes on your vehicle. Taking a few extra steps before you get behind the wheel of your car, such as checking brake lights or tire pressure, will ensure that you and your children are safer on any car trip.

Even for alert and conscientious drivers, a car crash can come out of nowhere, caused by someone else’s negligence or reckless driving conduct. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 5.6 million motor vehicle crashes– more than 1.6 million with injuries – took place in 2012 across the United States. Alcohol-impaired drivers, distracted drivers and the sheer volume of traffic can increase the odds of being involved in an accident.

If an auto accident has left you disabled, it is important to actively pursue maximum compensation for the losses you have suffered. The settlement you receive can make all the difference in your future quality of life.

It is essential to obtain a fair settlement that covers all your losses. You could be out of work for a long time after a serious accident, and your settlement needs to compensate you for future lost wages. You may have long-term ongoing expenses associated with your injuries.

You may not be able to rely on Social Security Disability benefits, although you are disabled, because of the program’s strict medical requirements and complicated application process.

Will Your Insurance Company Take Care of You?

As Michigan is a no-fault state, your own insurance company will cover most of the economic losses you suffer in an auto accident, regardless of who is at fault. This is known as a first-party claim. The losses you claim can include your medical bills (past, present and future), out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages.

As your insurance company’s paying customer, you may expect the company to look after your interests and ensure that you receive a fair settlement. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Insurance companies are in business to make a profit, and the company’s bottom line may take precedence over your well-being.

Do not accept the first settlement offer you receive from the insurance company. It is more than likely that the offer will not be for a fair settlement. Claims adjusters know that you may be vulnerable and in need of money after an accident, and they want to get your claim settled and off their books as soon as possible.

Your best course of action is to retain an experienced personal injury lawyer to represent you. Your attorney can help you accurately determine the full value of your losses and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.

Permanent Injury and Disability Claims

Under Michigan law, you will need to file a third-party claim to recover damages for pain and suffering if your injuries were caused by the fault or negligence of another. Settlement value in permanent injury and disability claims can be difficult to calculate because losses can include ongoing expenses, physical pain and emotional distress. Assigning a dollar value to such losses can be a challenge.

At Goodman Acker, P.C., we handle both third-party claims and first-party no-fault insurance claims. We have represented thousands of auto accident victims and obtained million-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients. We know how to deal with insurance companies to get maximum results inthe least amount of time.

 

Post provided courtesy of Goodman Acker, P.C.