Car accidents are always scary events, especially if you are injured as a result. When car accidents lead to someone’s unexpected death, however, the survivors’ lives are changed forever.
A court in Los Angeles recently approved a $25 million verdict in a lawsuit against a major car maker. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs alleged that faulty brakes in the defendant’s car caused three people to lose their lives in a car crash. The accident happened in 2012 and involved a 2004 model of the manufacturer’s vehicle. The car carrying the three deceased individuals, which included a mother and her two young children, collided with a minivan at an intersection in Hollywood. All three passengers in the minivan were killed in the impact.
At the end of the trial, the jury concluded that the car manufacturer was completely at fault for the accident and that its braking system was defective. It also concluded that the car manufacturer was reckless for not recalling vehicles that contained the braking system. Even though the jury concluded that the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident was negligent, it still concluded that the car manufacturer was entirely to blame for the victims’ deaths.
When a product causes us to suffer injuries and harm, the legal action that follows is called a product liability case. To recover compensation from someone who made a product that hurts you, most states require the plaintiff to prove that the product was defective in a specific way. An example includes showing that the benefits of the product did not outweigh the risks of its design.
You can also show that a product was defective by proving that the specific product that hurt you was not made correctly, making it more dangerous than other correct versions of the product. Also, if a product does not come with instructions on how to use it or warnings about any potential dangers, it may be considered defective.
Proving that a product is defective based on one of these approaches can be very difficult especially if it is a complex product like a car. In many product liability cases, the plaintiff must hire experts to help explain how the product was defective. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you find the right experts to work on your case and to make sure that you put the strongest case forward.
In the unfortunate event that a loved one dies as the result of someone’s defective product, you can bring a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf to recover compensation. Depending on where the accident happened, you can claim damages for hospital bills, funeral and burial expenses, and your own pain and suffering for the loss of your loved one.
We know how overwhelming a lawsuit can seem, especially if you are also trying to recover from your injuries while keeping up with your normal responsibilities in life. At The Reeves Law Firm, our Alabama-based attorneys can help you understand whether you have a legal right to compensation in a product liability and/or wrongful death lawsuit. We provide a free consultation that is completely confidential to discuss your potential case and whether we can help you assert your rights. Call us now at 256-355-3311 or contact us online to set up your appointment.