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Thursday, April 22, 2010

How Lawyers Are Making Cars Safer

Auto safety is much in the news these days. One company, Toyota, recently agreed to pay the largest fine ever levied on a carmaker by this country for failing to report properly a problem with a defective product, in this case gas pedals.

A just-released report by the American Association of Justice shows that trial lawyers, ever since the 1960s, have played a crucial role in promoting vehicle safety. By pursuing cases of defective automobile design, for example, they have helped implement safety standards, bring other defects to light, and ensured that safety issues are not shoved to the back seat.

From tires to gas tanks to seat belts, the report gives instances of willful negligence where carmakers designed products that proved to be unsafe and failed to improve them until forced to do so in the courts. The consequences of such behavior have included auto accidents, wrongful death, and many other tragedies.

"By holding manufacturers accountable, the civil justice system will continue to spur safety innovations, as it has done for half a century," concludes the report, "Driven to Safety: How Litigation Spurred Auto Safety Innovations."

At The Cochran Firm, we are proud of our role in promoting automobile safety and are determined to continue pursuing it. If you are interested in free consultation about a possible case at any of our nationwide offices, we invite you to contact us.

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