• Car Manufacturer Sued in Wrongful Death Action
  • June 20, 2013 | Author: Jeffrey H. Rasansky
  • Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
  • Ford, the car manufacturer, has been sued over a wrongful death, according to the Southeast Texas Record. The lawsuit alleges that a woman who lost her life in a car crash was using the vehicle restraint system properly at the time, but suffered fatal injuries to her neck and to her head.

    The lawsuit alleges that the truck she was driving, a Ford Expedition, was defectively manufactured, designed, assembled, marketed and distributed. This type of collision is one that has come into the news lately because of testing that has been done in laboratories. It is called a frontal offset collision, which occurs when a driver slams into an obstruction or another vehicle at a slight angle off-center.

    This wrongful death lawsuit has some characteristics that are representative of many other types of wrongful death lawsuits. If you have been looking for Dallas wrongful death lawyers to handle such a claim, you may find echoes of your own situation in this one.

    Defective Product

    Many wrongful death claims involve a product that is alleged to be defective. In cases where an automobile accident is concerned, this defective product may be the restraint system in the vehicle, the airbags, the brakes or just about anything else that may have contributed to an accident happening. On commercial vehicles, the safety equipment designed to keep cars from traveling underneath the trailer on a semi-truck or other safety equipment may be held to be defective by whomever is pressing the lawsuit.

    Other claims involve products such as pharmaceuticals, electronics and so forth. Essentially, there are some cases that involve a wrongful death and a defective product, and the link between the two is the linchpin of the lawsuit.

    Design, Marketing, Manufacture

    This lawsuit also involves the design, marketing and manufacture of the vehicle in question. If a product is found to have been defective in a way that turned out to be deadly for a user, it may be defective in terms of how it was designed, how it was manufactured or how it was marketed. An attorney will be able to get to the bottom of this through investigation.

    If you believe you have a viable wrongful death lawsuit, talking to an attorney right away is the best way to handle these situations. If you wait too long, limitations may expire and you may not be able to file a lawsuit to get compensation.