A car’s windshield is an important barrier between you and hazardous objects in the environment outside of your vehicle. It protects you from the weather, rocks thrown up by other vehicles, and other various pieces of debris. A windshield is also a large and heavy, however, and can pose some risks to a vehicle’s inhabitants, particularly if it is defective in some way. Defects can make the glass more prone to shattering, sending dangerous shards flying into the vehicle’s cabin.
Windshield defects can arise from either the manufacturing or the installation process. In either case, they put the people inside a vehicle at undue risk, and can give victims the possibility of filing a liability lawsuit. If you believe you have been injured by a defective windshield, an experienced legal counselor, like the Wisconsin car accident attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help determine your best course of action.
Windshield defects can be caused by (or become more apparent in) certain situations that put the glass under stress. Some of these stresses include:
- Induced stress – during installation, strain put on an already weak area of the windshield
- Residual stress – stress caused by differences in temperature between the glass and frame of the vehicle
- The “Frit” – the black area around the edge of a windshield, which is prone to residual stress from heat expansion
Any manufacturing factor that reduces the structural integrity of a windshield could potentially but people at undue risk.
If your windshield has shattered as the result of a manufacturing defect, you may be entitled to compensation. To explore your legal options, call 800-242-2874 to contact the Wisconsin car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®