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Newport Beach Personal Injury Law Firm Obtains Settlement for Injured Rollover Crash Victim
The Newport Beach personal injury law firm of Bisnar Chase has helped a catastrophically injured victim secure a significant settlement in an auto product liability lawsuit.
According to court documents, the rollover accident occurred Nov. 15, 2012 in Baja, Calif. The 47-year-old woman was driving a pickup truck when it went off Highway 1, skidded and rolled over several times landing on its roof. The roof completely caved in trapping the victim and her passenger inside the vehicle. The woman was trapped in the truck for several hours before she was rescued by emergency personnel and airlifted to an area hospital, according to the lawsuit.
"We are pleased that we were able to secure this settlement for our catastrophically injured client," said Brian Chase, senior partner at Bisnar Chase. "We were also able to hold the automaker accountable for making a product that did not protect a consumer when she needed that protection the most."
Chase said attorneys faced significant roadblocks in settling the case.
"The defendants said the accident was our client's fault," he said. "She lost control of the vehicle when she attempted to pass another vehicle and later overcorrected. But the issue we raised was that the entire roof crushed and pancaked. The question her was whether the roof would've crushed in that manner had it been made better."
The firm consulted accident reconstruction experts and conducted independent crash tests for this case, Chase said.
"We did significant testing on the truck, something we do on major auto product liability cases," he said. "In this case, we got the settlement in spite of the fact that this vehicle's roof complied with and even exceeded federal government standards for roof strength."
But the problem, Chase said, is that these government standards relating to roof strength have not been updated in many years and are still woefully inadequate when it comes to protecting vehicle occupants.
"The fact is, these automakers have the technology and the ability to manufacture vehicles with stronger roofs," he said. "It would cost them less than $40 per vehicle to do that. But they choose to put profits before people and as a result, people like our client pay a hefty price."
About Bisnar Chase
Bisnar Chase represents seriously injured victims of product liability and other acts of negligence. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients. Since 1978, Bisnar Chase has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for victims and their families. For more information, please call 800-561-4887 or visit http://www.bestattorney.com for a free consultation. We are located at 1301 Dove Street #120, Newport Beach, CA 92660.
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