We hear about car accidents occurring every day. These kinds of serious accidents have been the cause of a lifetime of suffering and grief for hundreds of thousands of victims and their families. While many of these automobile accidents are caused by driver error, there are some that are because a defective automobile was on the road.
Defective automobiles have been in the news lately because of Toyota’s problems. As a result, many people are aware of some of the different reasons an automobile may be defective. What they may not realize is just how difficult these cases are to get compensation for.
It is in your best interest to contact a defective automobile attorney as soon as possible if you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective automobile. The experienced defective automobile attorneys in Lancaster at the law firm of Atlee Hall, LLP know how to get compensation and justice for clients injured because of defective automobiles.
Common characteristics of defective automobile liability cases include:
- Severe damage of one area of the vehicle (crushed roof, seatback collapse)
- Belted occupants who have been partially or fully ejected
- Post-collision fuel-fed fire
- Minor accident with catastrophic injury or fatality
- Multiple occupants in a collision where one is seriously injured or killed while others suffer only minor injuries.
Types of Defective Automobile Cases
Types of defective automobile cases run the gamut, but some of the more common ones include:
- Tire failure
- Roof crush
- Roll over
- Airbag defects
- Child safety seats
Tire failure can cause the vehicle to roll over, injuring and killing occupants when the roof is crushed. This has occurred multiple times with SUVs. Defective airbags may fail to expand or only partially expand in a collision, or they may go off without any warning. Seatbelt and child safety seat defects cause occupants to be thrown around inside or ejected from the vehicle. The injuries from defective automobiles can be devastating. Spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and horrific burns are not uncommon.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an auto accident due to a defective part in the state of Pennsylvania, please contact the experienced automobile product liability attorneys at Atlee Hall, LLP for an initial consultation. We have offices in Lancaster Pennsylvania but represent individuals across the state.
Atlee Hall, LLP takes defective automobile claims very seriously. Our defective automobile attorneys in Lancaster are experienced in handling automobile product liability and crashworthiness with success. Our skills in taking on the most complex cases have gotten our clients multi-million dollar settlements, including the largest personal injury verdict in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
In addition to this, Attorney Jaime Jackson is on the board of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group, a group focused on auto products liability. We will work on gathering witness testimony and evidence so you can focus on healing, and will guide and educate you through the difficult legalities of these complex cases.
Some of our auto product liability case include:
$13,000,000.00: ($8.2 million verdict plus delayed damages during appeal) Automobile products liability award against General Motors as the result of a post collision fuel fed fire that caused the death of a husband, wife and infant son.
$7,500,000.00: Auto product liability case in which seatback failed resulting in severe injuries.
$5,000,000.00: Automobile products liability case in which automobile manufacturer settled the case involving a rollover of SUV in which a seat belted passenger was ejected from the vehicle suffering severe closed head injury and is in a persistent vegetative state.
$3,250,000.00: Auto products liability case in which seatbelt failed causing severe injuries.
$3,000,000.00: Automobile products liability case. Automobile manufacturer settled case involving rollover of SUV causing driver to be ejected from the vehicle onto roadway suffering fatal injuries
$2,800,000.00: Auto products liability case in which driver died due to positional asphyxia following roll over and roof crush.
$2,500,000.00: Auto products liability case. Severe injuries suffered as a result of defects.
$1,750,000.00: Auto products liability case involving a defective seatback resulting in quadriplegia.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an auto accident due to a defective part in the state of Pennsylvania, please contact the experienced automobile product liability attorneys at Atlee Hall, LLP for an initial consultation. We have offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania but represent individuals across the state.
Choosing a Defective Automobile Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a defective auto, choosing the right attorney will be one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make. Defective auto claims are highly complex, and you will need the help of an experienced auto product liability attorney to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Unfortunately, choosing the right lawyer can be a daunting task. There are hundreds of websites for auto product liability attorneys practicing in the area, making it difficult to narrow down your search. You will need to work with a lawyer who has extensive experience handling defective auto cases, will give your claim the attention it deserves, and who has a proven track record of success.
When searching for the right auto product liability lawyer in Pennsylvania, you should keep the following factors in mind:
You will want to work with an attorney who has handled numerous defective auto cases in the Central Pennsylvania area to ensure he has a strong understanding of all the laws which apply to your case. Your lawyer should also be up-to-date on all of the recent modifications to the laws governing Pennsylvania personal injury cases.
At your initial consultation, ask the lawyer about his track record of success. What percentage of defective auto cases has he achieved a successful outcome for his clients? Has he earned his clients lucrative verdicts and settlements which fully compensated them for all damages, or were these settlements inadequate to cover their expenses and long term care? You should ask the lawyer for the contact information of several past clients who can serve as a reference and answer these questions for you honestly.
You should also ask your potential defective automobile attorney about his trial experience. While many of these cases get settled before they go to trial, you will want to work with a lawyer who has the litigation skills to pursue your case in court if it becomes necessary.
Always research the credentials of your defective automobile attorney:
- Is your lawyer licensed to practice in the state where your injury occurred?
- What is your defective auto lawyer’s reputation amongst the community?
- Has your lawyer received any national or local accolades and recognition for his work on other cases?
- Does your lawyer have an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell? This organization rates lawyers according to their ability, ethics, and experience, and an AV rating is the highest ranking they bestow.
Why Choose Atlee Hall, LLP
When you work with Atlee Hall, LLP, you will have a Pennsylvania defective automobile lawyer on your side who is committed to giving your case the full attention it deserves. Our lawyers will take the time to get to know you in order to better understand your needs and help you achieve the best possible outcome. We will be available to you whenever you have any questions or concerns, and we will fight aggressively to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys have a combined 125 years of experience handling personal injury cases, and we have worked on a wide variety of defective auto cases. Our understanding of the complex principles involved in these claims will give you the greatest chance of a successful outcome.
Please contact Atlee Hall, LLP today to schedule your free initial consultation. We serve clients in Lancaster, York and Dauphin counties and all Pennsylvania.