Recently, Chrysler has undergone major recalls on various vehicular makes. Everything from the 2005 Chrysler SRT8 to the 2015 Chrysler 200 has been under review by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bringing to light many defects that could prove to be dangerous if they are not detected and dealt with appropriately. Seek counsel immediately if you or anyone you know has been injured and a Chrysler vehicle is involved.
Chrysler’s Refusal to Recall Defective Vehicles
In 2013 the NHTSA made a request to the Chrysler Group, asking that they recall over 2.7 million SUVS due to various defects that could prove to be dangerous, if not life-threatening, to drivers. Chrysler responded to the request by refusing it, stating that the company has been working to fix the defects since 2010.
A Washington public interest group noted the following in relation to a sample of Chrysler vehicles:
Grand Cherokee: 201 fire crashes and 285 deaths
Liberty: 36 accidents resulting in 53 deaths
In fact, the Center for Auto Safety states that the Grand Cherokee of 1993-2004 is at, in comparison to Ford Explore, 20 times greater risk for being involved in accidents.
Putting Yourself at Risk Behind the Wheel
It is imperative that car owners know more about their vehicles, especially those of an older make and model. When a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle he or she is responsible for the safety of everyone else on the road.
Remaining up to date on information concerning your vehicle could prevent possible injury and even save lives. You can visit the NHTSA website and use the VIN Lookup Tool to find any potential defects and recalls on your vehicle.
It is important to keep in mind that, while Chrysler should be taking responsibility for this, it is on you, the driver, to seek compensation for Chrysler defect injuries. If you or a loved one are injured in an accident, be sure to get the information of anyone else involved (i.e. names, phone numbers, and insurance information). Make a note of the visible damage sustained by your vehicle due to the accident, and be sure to have an experienced auto accident and injury attorney for representation.
Chrysler Defect Injuries Representation in Atlanta, GA
Cash, Krugler & Fredericks LLC is a diligent and committed group that represent victims and families of victims who face Chrysler defect injuries. We pride ourselves on our personal attention and our reputation as a low-volume firm who puts their entire focus on their clients.
If you require representation for accidents caused by factory defects on the part of Chrysler, or and defective product case, please contact us online or call at 404-659-1710. We dedicate our time to bringing you justice and peace-of-mind.
Inattentive, distracted drivers are everywhere. Often, these drivers do not take into the account the wellbeing of others, and thus are the cause of many accidents. If you have been injured or have been in a car accident, then you could be eligible for compensation for damages done to both your vehicle and to your body. It is important to consider the following when dealing with automotive accidents.
It is imperative that you, and your family, are insured against unforeseen expenses that arise due to illness, injury, or accidents.
In Georgia, drivers must have automobile liability insurance for at least the minimum limits:
Bodily Injury Liability – $25,000 per person, $50,000 per occurrence;
Property Damage Liability-$25,000 per occurrence
Liability insurance pays damages to others on behalf of the insured for injury or damaged property of others.
Physical damage insurance pays for loss or damage to your own vehicle. It is not required by state law. It consists of two types:
Comprehensive, or other than collision coverage;
Uninsured motorist insurance is insurance to help you, if you are involved in an accident with an uninsured person. This will protect you and provide the policyholder’s coverage for loss or damages inflicted in the accident.
Handling an Automobile Accident
According to the Georgia Driver’s Manual, there are certain actions that you need to take if you find yourself involved in an accident. It advises the following:
Stop and pull over in a safe place;
Report the accident immediately to local law enforcement if the accident resulted in a death or injury, or if there is property damage greater than $500;
Provide assistance to those injured if you find that you are capable;
Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights so as to alert approaching motorists on the accident;
Gather information from those involved in the accident (i.e. name, address, license plate number, driver’s license number, and insurance information), and give your information. This is something that can be done while waiting for the arrival of law enforcement.
If law enforcement is not called to the scene, then you need to complete the Personal Report of Accident. This form’s purpose is to assist you in court if needed at a future time. It is meant to help keep the events of the accident clear as sometimes the passage of time can alter memories and cause us to forget things.
If you, or someone you know, have been involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in major vehicular damage and/or injury or death, seek legal representation immediately.
Automobile Accident Representation in Atlanta, GA
Cash, Krugler & Fredericks LLC is a passionate group that represents the victims and their families who have been involved in an automobile accident that resulted in injuries. It is our mission to provide you with high-quality service and to get you the settlement you deserve. We offer representation for auto-accidents resulting in injuries. Contact us online or call at 404-659-1710.
Alwyn Fredericks and Ken Barré, of Cash, Krugler and Fredericks, recently tried Laura Shelley v. Eagle Parking, LLC in Fulton County State Court in front of Judge Wesley Tailor. Sharon Andrews, of the Law Office of James C. McLaughlin, represented the Defendant in the two-day trial.
This case involved an injury to Ms. Shelley’s left foot that occurred on September 30th, 2011. An employee of Eagle Parking, LLC ran over Ms. Shelley’s foot at the Cobb Galleria valet while Ms. Shelley was in the process of removing her daughter from the rear seat of the vehicle. Following the incident, Ms. Shelley needed two surgeries to deal with the arthritis that formed as a result of the injury to her foot.
The Defendant’s primary arguments at trial were that Ms. Shelley’s gaps in treatment, ability to perform her work, and ability to travel frequently following the injury lead to the conclusion that any and all treatment, subsequent to the thirteen-month gap in treatment, was not related. In closing, the Defendant recommended that the jury award Ms. Shelley around $10,000. In the end, the jury found for the Plaintiff for $410,000.00. Liberty Mutual paid the Judgment and no appeals were filed.
Throughout the entirety of the litigation, the Defendant made no offers to settle the case. The week prior to trial, the Defendant’s insurer, Liberty Mutual, offered $350,000.00 as their top and final offer.
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