Windshields serve a very important purpose in automobiles, though many drivers are unaware of this fact. In addition to shielding drivers and their passenger from wind and the elements, windshields serve as a structural support for automobiles’ roofs.
Since they are charged with such important tasks, windshields must be constructed with these tasks in mind. There is no room for error in the windshield manufacturing process, so it is important for manufacturers to ensure the quality of their products before installing them in automobiles.
To better understand the potential faults, it is important to understand the parts of a windshield. These include:
Two panes of glass
Two panes of tempered glass are pressed together with the vinyl between them to form a windshield. The glass is tempered to make it stronger and less likely to crack or shatter. The vinyl serves as a binder for the two panes of glass; it helps prevent shattering, protecting individuals inside of the vehicle.
When any of these parts are faulty, the overall safety of the vehicle comes into question. Errors in pressing the glass together or in tempering the glass or even faults in the materials may make windshield more prone to shattering.
Since windshields support the roof, they become vital in rollover accidents. If they are faulty, they may fail to prevent the roof from collapsing in a rollover. This may trap or even crush the individuals inside of the vehicle.
Individuals who suffer injuries because of defective windshields may be entitled to financial compensation. Whether that compensation comes from the automobile’s manufacturer or from a third party windshield manufacturer is a question that an experienced lawyer can answer.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries because of a defective windshield, let the New York City auto defect attorneys of Parker Waichman Alonso, LLP handle your claim.