File a Maryland Auto Product Liability for Defective Car Parts
Buying an automobile is an increasingly expensive endeavor. If you invest tens of thousands of dollars, it is reasonable to expect that your car, truck, SUV, or other kind of vehicle will provide many years and miles of safe, dependable transportation. Automakers have an ethical responsibility to manufacture automobiles that are safe to operate and protect occupants in the event of an accident. When someone is hurt or killed due to a defective automobile or defective part, the automaker can be held liable for negligence.
Attorneys play an important role in helping people receive the compensation they deserve for injuries and loss caused by negligent automakers – and in helping to prevent future injuries by holding manufacturers responsible.
Baltimore product liability attorney Steven H. Heisler works diligently to provide competent representation for his injured clients. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in Maryland or the District of Columbia and you think the accident may have been caused by a defective vehicle or one of its parts, call Steve at (410) 625-4878. He’s easy to talk to, and he knows the right questions to ask to determine whether your accident involves a product liability issue.
Aggressive Attorneys Taking On Big Automakers
Maryland auto product liability lawyer Steven H. Heisler has made representing clients against large corporations and insurance companies central to his law practice and is a personal injury attorney dedicated to helping people. He places an emphasis on client education and explains the laws that apply to a situation in plain language so that each client can make an informed decision about which course of action will be best for them and their family.
Dangerous Motor Vehicles and Their Components
It seems we’ve become accustomed to announcements by automakers that they’re recalling millions of vehicles because they’ve been found to contain defective parts. Why are there so many instances of injury and death due to faulty or poorly designed vehicles? Corporate greed, that’s why.
- In early 2014, GM was exposed for having used faulty ignition switches on millions of vehicles, even though they had known of their danger for more than a decade. The ignition switches in question could easily be knocked out of the “run” position into the “auxiliary” position, causing the vehicle to suddenly lose power, steering, brakes and lights. The problem caused at least 31 accidents and 12 deaths, leading to multiple lawsuits and a criminal investigation of GM.
- From 2000 to 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received more than 6,200 complaints because some Toyotas suddenly accelerated, hurtling nearly 100 people to their death. The corporation recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide, blaming the catastrophes on problems with gas pedals, floor mats and brakes.
- Rear-impact collisions resulted in gas tank fires in Jeep Grand Cherokees, Ford Pintos and Mercury Bobcats.
- Toyotas and Pontiacs were recalled because of airbag failures.
- Some Hondas were recalled because of potential fuel leaks and fires.
- In 2000, a massive recall of Firestone tires was due to tread separation, causing rollovers and 119 deaths.
Other NHTSA investigations have addressed problems such as the following:
- Faulty vehicle lights
- Air bag issues, either because they don’t deploy when needed or they deploy too easily
- Problems with seat belts or child restraints
- Improperly designed or defective steering columns
- Steering components susceptible to breakage
- Ineffective windshield wiper systems
- Wiring issues that could cause a fire
- Jacks prone to collapse.
Hundreds of millions of vehicles have been recalled by NHTSA since 1966, when the government agency began setting safety standards. Still others have been the subject of investigation which did not reach the level of a recall. And, regrettably, even when a recall has been made and repairs offered by the automakers, not all motorists take the time to have the work done, putting themselves and others on the road at risk.
Call Today for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you care for has been injured or killed by a negligent automaker, attorney Steven H. Heisler may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve. This compensation can help with catastrophic medical bills, ongoing medical care, expensive medication, lost wages, loss of function, and other injuries. If a legal team or insurance representative approaches you, before you sign any documents, contact Steven H. Heisler, The Injury Lawyer, at (410) 625-4878.
$5,500,000.00 - Steve represented a 33-year-old single mother of one whose vehicle was struck head-on by a construction truck in 2002. The client suffered life threatening injuries and was in a coma for six weeks. She required two months of brain injury rehabilitation. The client currently has serious permanent disabilities as a result of the accident including short term memory loss, impaired speech, double vision, and right side paralysis.
She is unable to return to her occupation as a dental hygienist or any other occupation. Steve Heisler and his associate Keith Kauffman negotiated a $5.5 million structured settlement at mediation. Should the client reach her life expectancy the payout increases to $9.5 million.
$250,000 - Steve represented the family of a 15 year old Anne Arundel County boy who was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree. The defendant driver was also killed. Another passenger survived the crash. The defendant driver had a $300,000.00 liability policy. Steve negotiated a $250,000.00 settlement for the family. The remaining $50,000.00 was tendered to the surviving passenger.
$800,000 - Steve represented the estate and family of a 45 year old man who was killed when the motorcycle he was riding struck a guardrail and he was catapulted down an embankment. The estate and family alleged that a vehicle in the lane to the immediate left of the man swerved into his lane and caused a collision. The defendant strongly denied any wrong doing. The case was settled at a settlement conference for $800,000.00.
$325,000 - Steve’s client, a 45 year old Sr. Program Manager, was struck by a work vehicle that failed to yield the right of way while turning left in front of the victim in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Steve’s client was thrown from his Harley Davidson and suffered multiple injuries resulting in two surgeries. Suit was filed and the case settled for $325,000.00.
$200,000 - Steve’s client, an elderly lady from West Virginia, was seriously injured when the car she was traveling in was struck by a negligent driver in Garrett County, Maryland. The lady suffered a broken back and detached retina. Steve negotiated a $100,000.00 settlement with the defendant driver’s insurance company and was successful in getting his client’s West Virginia insurance company to “stack” an additional $100,000.00 for a total settlement of $200,000.00.
$100,000 - Steve represented a five year old Eastern Shore boy who was struck by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road while the boy was riding his bike. Steve's client suffered a traumatic brain injury and serious fractures which required him to spend an extended period of time in a rehabilitation center. The boy now has permanent brain damage. The case settled for the driver's policy limits of $100,000.00.
$95,000 - Steve represented a 36-year-old Cecil County man who was rear ended while stopped at a red light. The force of the impact was severe and his client’s vehicle was totaled. Steve’s client suffered a cerebral concussion, a C5-6 disc herniation, and a L2-3 disc protrusion. He received a 30% whole-body permanent disability rating. Steve settled the case with the insurance company for $95,000.00.