Since its founding in 1950 by two Harvard Law School graduates, Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC has witnessed many improvements in motor vehicle safety features — such as child restraint seats, shoulder strap seat belts, crushproof roofs, antilock brakes and air bags. Federal and state regulations have made inclusion of these basic elements the industry standard. Manufacturers that fail to meet the strict legal specifications and vendors that sell defective parts unnecessarily put drivers in danger and may be held accountable under the law. These corporations may also owe injured drivers compensation for damages that could have been avoided had the safety features worked properly.
Air bags are made of fabric that is packed into the steering wheel and, in some auto models, the doors of the vehicle. An inflation system rapidly releases gases into the bags if triggered by sensors that detect a certain level of impact — typically at a rate of 10–15 mph into a solid object. The bag expands in a burst to protect you from impact and then immediately begins to deflate to allow you to escape from your damaged car.
Although a properly working air bag saves lives, defects in the mechanisms undermine their effectiveness or can increase your risks of injuries. A defective air bag may:
You have the right to expect your air bag to protect you if you are involved in an accident. Our law firm fully investigates which companies are liable for the defective air bag. Depending on the facts of your case, we may file a products liability claim against the:
We strive to obtain the maximum compensation available for your claim. If we cannot negotiate a settlement, our personal injury attorneys defend your case in court. With our vast network of outside experts, Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC offers comprehensive legal services for New Jersey victims of air bag failures.
For more information about liability in defective air bag claims, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 862-263-0770 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. You pay no fees unless we win your case, and there are no up-front costs to you. For your convenience, we have offices in Elmwood Park, Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, and Roseland, with Spanish-speaking translators available by request.