Every year there are around 20,000 garage door related accidents across the country, mostly because homeowners aren’t aware of the dangers or let their kids play around the garage door unsupervised. Outrage over garage door safety led to legislation that all automatic garage door openers be fitted with security and safety features designed to prevent injury back in 1993, and now all garage door openers have automatic reversal devices in two locations. However, there’s no such thing as an “accident-proof” garage door, and any garage door company trying to sell you one is just looking to make more money by selling a false sense of security.
With expert installation, proper maintenance, professional repairs and a healthy respect for the largest moving object in your home (as well as regularly discussing garage door safety with all children) your garage door and garage door opener can last a lifetime and be mostly free from major hassle or danger.
Nothing is accident-proof, and the garage door and garage door opener are no exception. Because they rely on electricity, garage doors and garage door openers are susceptible to problems with electricity. There are also accidents and issues that can occasionally arise despite the best of precautions, and these no-fault problems can happen to any garage door. Be prepared at all times, but don’t waste time and money buying a garage door touted as “accident proof”. Doing so can even encourage homeowners to “forget” scheduled maintenance or try their own garage door repairs because of the false sense of security. An expensive garage door with a lofty promise of safety is an accident waiting to happen, and can be a big regret once there’s no guarantee of safety.
There happens to be another garage door scam: garage door accident lawyers. These lawyers find homeowners who are victims of garage door malfunctions or accidents and promise immense compensation from garage door companies. However, all garage door and garage door opener brands have strict warranties that dictate a maintenance schedule, certified repairs and brand-specific parts. Not following the warranty policy to the letter will result in a lost case, and you’ll find yourself not only out of a garage door or opener, but with lost time, lost money, and a debt to the lawyer. Very few cases actually qualify for financial compensation, and any lawyer promising otherwise is likely a scam.
The best line of defense for any garage door and automatic garage door opener is to take good care of all of the garage door parts and hire a certified professional to take care of any repairs. Attempting your own garage door repairs, letting your garage door go for years without maintenance, letting children play with the garage door remotes like toys and putting in garage door parts that don’t belong or aren’t warrantied is a recipe for disaster, but the right remedy is not to buy an “accident-proof” garage door or consult a lawyer who promises financial return. The bottom line is to avoid garage door related accidents and keep your home and family safe in the first place, and that can be accomplished by diligent garage door ownership.