The quality and design of the materials that go into the production of auto glass has a greater impact on safety concerns than most people realize. It is no surprise that glass shatters during high speed collisions but the method in which it shatters can either cause additional injury or save an occupant’s life.
Automakers have been aware of these concerns for a long time, but still hesitate to update the methods in which auto glass is produced and installed. When faulty auto glass is the reason someone suffers severe injuries that could have been prevented, the automaker needs to bear responsibility and provide compensation for the victims’ medical care and recovery.
Types of Glass and How They Translate Into Different Types of Injuries
The windshield is constructed differently from the other windows in the vehicle and is designed to keep occupants from flying through it and out of the vehicle. By using two separate layers of glass bound together with a laminate in the middle, the glass is reinforced and does not shatter as easily as heat treated or otherwise known as— tempered glass. Tempered glass is most commonly used for the rest of the windows in the vehicle and is specifically designed to shatter into hundreds or thousands of tiny pieces when it is impacted or flexed.
The problem with tempered glass is not that it shatters alone, but that when it shatters, it leaves an open cavity for passengers to be ejected through. It is common knowledge that the occupants inside of a vehicle have a much better rate of survival when they are contained inside of the vehicle, making it important that glass be designed in a manner to achieve that goal. Window glazing and laminate materials can be used effectively on all the windows of a vehicle in order to secure the occupants in the event of an accident, but automakers refuse to implement this technology even though it would save lives.
Severe Injuries Caused by Faulty Auto Glass
In many cases, faulty auto glass accompanies another defect in the vehicle, such as a failing seatbelt, seat back or airbag. The unrestrained occupant then exits the vehicle partially or completely through the window and the impact against the ground or debris causes severe or fatal injuries. Common injuries sustained by victims who are thrown from a vehicle include lacerations, dismemberment, broken or shattered bones and paralysis.
In rollover events, shattered glass can cause an occupant to be ejected from the vehicle in the event of a roof crush if his or her head happens to shatter the window on contact from the force of the vehicle being turned over. These types of events produce injuries that change or end peoples’ lives.
Get Legal Help From An Auto Defect Law Firm Committed To Protecting Your Future
If you or a loved one has been severely injured or killed in an auto accident, the auto product liability attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are here to help you. Contact us today and we will arrange a free consultation so that we can determine whether defective glass or other components may have contributed to more severe injuries and what the best course of action will be going forward.