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Car Safety, Crashworthiness & Vehicle Liability

What is crashworthiness?

Crashworthiness is the ability of a vehicle to protect its occupants during an impact. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has several crashworthiness guidelines and standards.

If you need a North Carolina Crashworthiness Attorney, contact D. Hardison Wood today at 919-233-0520.

Additionally, seat design may play a factor in the catastrophic injuries suffered during a crash. These injuries could result in paralysis. In other instances, the airbag may fail to deploy or may deploy too late failing to prevent injuries to the occupant.

Ultimately the automobile manufacturers are the ones who have to make the constructive choices that are going to protect the occupants from mishaps such as roof crush or rollovers, which with faulty designs and mechanisms cause horrible injuries that are life altering or even worse, life ending. Auto manufacturers may cut corners and install subpar materials to save money. These faulty materials could fail to meet the intended purpose of keeping you safe, and if the parts fail, you could be seriously injured.

If you have been injured in a car accident, the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood can help you evaluate your individual case.  If you are an attorney interested in having our firm assist you with your potential crash investigation, please email us at

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More than six months after a ride malfunctioned at the North Carolina State Fair last October, injuring five people, the owners of the ride are facing more than $100,000 in fines. The company that runs the ride, Family Attractions Amusement Co., as well as the individual owner of the ride and son of Family Attractions’ Founder,… Read more »