Recently, our Chicago accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti read a news report detailing the settlement of a car accident lawsuit stemming from a devastating 2003 crash. SeattleTimes.com reports that the car accident lawsuit came about as a result of a 2003 car accident in which it was alleged that Ford Motor Company maintained defects in tires on the Ford Bronco II. It was ultimately proven that the tire defects played a significant role in the crash which left the accident victim paralyzed and with cognitive impairment.
Although the report confirms that the terms of the settlement between Ford Motor Company and the accident victim have been sealed, our Chicago accident lawyers learned that a jury voted 11-1 that the defects in a Firestone tire were a factor in the 2003 crash. It was revealed that both Firestone and the use car dealer where the accident victim purchased the vehicle settled with the victim out of court. Additionally, it was unveiled that the accident victim alleged that the accident was one of several caused by tread belt separation on that particular type of Firestone tire, all the while, Ford Motor Company argued that the victim’s tire failed because it was 14 years old and had been damaged.
Any Chicago accident lawyer will tell you that when an individual is injured or killed in an automobile accident caused by a defect within the vehicle – the results can be tragic. Often times in these types of cases, the vehicle’s manufacture or dealer can be held liable if it is revealed that one or more of the motor vehicle’s parts are defective and contributed to a motor vehicle collision. Some of the most common vehicle defects include: faulty safety devices, such as defective seat belts or airbags; fuel system defects; steering defects; as well as, faulty tires.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision or have lost a loved at the hands of a negligent driver or defective vehicle, it is important to obtain legal representation from qualified accident attorneys. Each Chicago car accident attorney at Levin & Perconti understands the complexity of lawsuits stemming from devastating motor vehicle accidents that result in severe harm or even premature fatality. Recently, our accident lawyers obtained a $2.07 million verdict for a 23-year-old woman who sustained multiple leg fractures in an automobile collision.
Please contact a Chicago car accident lawyer for a free consultation to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.