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Motor Company Faces Wrongful Death Claims

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed as the result of a devastatingly fatal accident that took the life of a Madison County woman in 2010 – according to MadisonRecord.com. Our Chicago accident lawyers have learned that the lawsuit primarily names Kia Motor Company as a defendant in the wrongful death lawsuit along with a handful of others. The family of the deceased asserts that a defective seat in the motor vehicle the victim was driving ultimately caused her premature death when she was rear-ended by a drunk driver. The accident in question transpired in March 2010 while the accident victim was a front seat passenger in a Kia motor vehicle.

As the vehicle was traveling east on Berm Highway/Illinois Route 143, it was hit from behind from an alleged drunk driver. Both the driver and the victim were allegedly found in their motor vehicle shortly thereafter the accident with both of their seats noticeably collapsed rearward, their seat belts still buckled, and both front air bags deployed. As a result of the tragic accident, both the driver and the victim required advanced medical attention for spinal injuries. In an unfortunate turn of events, the passenger ultimately succumbed to her injuries of a broken back and collapsed lung and died in May 2010.

The driver of the passenger vehicle, as well as, the family of the deceased asserts that Kia Motors knew of the vehicle’s defective seats that collapsed in rear-impact collisions and the “potential for those seats to cause serious injuries or death.” It is alleged that the makers of the vehicle’s front seats did not properly test the Kia Optima seat’s performance in rear-ended crashes. The plaintiffs argue that the companies who developed the seats have previously testified in court in connection with other civil litigation and admitted to having intended for their vehicles’ front seats to collapse upon rear-impact.

A Chicago car accident attorney at our firm read that the plaintiffs accuse one of the defendants – the car dealership that sold the passenger vehicle to the plaintiff – of negligent for marketing a known defective product, failing to warn its customers of the dangers, in addition to, wrongful death. The victims and their families seek an unspecified amount of money in damages for medical expenses, as well as, court costs. Additionally, a jury trial is requested.

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident, please contact a Chicago accident lawyer to see what legal rights may be available to you.