27 Mar Virginia: Car Accidents – a Lawyer’s Manufacturers
Trial magazine’s March 2013 issue publishes 5 vehicle accident matters. A $2,750,000.00 New Jersey settlement entitled “Port Worker Strikes Dockworker with Forklift” and a $2,000,000.00 Illinois settlement in another forklift case entitled “Company Settles Despite ‘Borrowed Servant’ Defense” are headlined under its “Verdicts and Settlements.” Id. at 12.
Feature article “Failure to Install Side Air Bags” highlights the special case of manufacturer product liability for failing to install such critical occupant protection in all automobiles. Id. at 40-45. “Side impacts are as common as they are deadly.” Id. at 42.
Lack of side air bags are a significant factor leading to wrongful death. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that side air bags could save up to 1,791 lives each year if every vehicle on the road were equipped with them.” Id. at 41.
“Getting the Facts from Automaker Employees” is another feature article on the special case of product liability. Id. at 46-51. It focuses on how to outmaneuver auto manufacturers attempting to minimize the usefulness of deposition testimony by their corporate product designees, ostensibly their most knowledgeable personnel: “The most effective deposition of the automaker’s engineer is usually designed to gather damaging admissions and establish the foundation for admissibility of key corporate documents at trial, as well as to support your experts’ testimony.” Id. at 48.
In Trial’s “Spotlight,” “Jury Faults Walmart for Tire Inspection” chronicles a $27,500,000.00 Texas verdict apportioning 88% liability against Walmart and 12% against the driver for the wrongful death of a guest passenger. Id. at 52-53. “The plaintiff’s expert determined that Walmart measured the higher points of the tread [in its pricier 15-point oil change inspection], but some parts of the tires actually measured lower than the legal limit.” Id. at 52.
Mr. Waterman initially was trained as a product liability lawyer defending national vehicle and chemical manufacturers. However, for decades since then he has represented victims of vehicle accidents, and currently has multiple wrongful death and personal injury cases pending in Williamsburg, Newport News, Gloucester, and Loudoun County, Virginia.
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