Single Vehicle AccidentsThe experienced attorneys with McCutcheon and Hamner are always interested in speaking with clients regarding single vehicle accidents. We want to work on as many single vehicle accidents where substantial injury occurred as we can. Some of these cases, if they involve paralysis or death, involve hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. Obviously, a life care plan that provides money for someone who is badly injured due to a traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury has to anticipate for extensive medical care, extraordinary transportation costs, and all of the costs that go into taking care of a person badly injured. The team with McCutcheon and Hamner Accident and Injury Attorneys use life care planning experts to value these plans individually.
Automobiles and trucks are engineered to provide safety for the occupant in the event of a crash. If the vehicle is negligently designed and an injury occurs it really does not matter whose fault it was if the personal injury was caused by negligent design of the vehicle.
Accident and Injury Lawyers with McCutcheon and Hamner will look for roof crush cases, airbagfailures, inflexible fuel filter line fire cases, as well as seatbelt failure cases.
An example of negligent vehicle design is best illustrated by the Ford Pinto. In that case, Ford estimated the cost of making the vehicle safer at $11.00 per vehicle. The benefits of a safer vehicleare lives saved. These figures are used to calculate costs. Ford valued a life at $200,000, an injury at $67,000(this was 1971) and they projected 360 preventable deaths. Ford’s figures showed they would save 49.5 million dollars by not making the car safer. This trade of safety for profit resulted in a car that would occasionly burst instantly into flames and burn its occupants to death if rear ended. The American jury system put a stop to the particular vehicle.
We still have sidesaddle gas tanks and other unsafe designs on the market. Tractor trailer truck accidents often result in severe personal injury to the truck driver because their truck cabs are not designed with occupant safety in mind. In a single vehicle accident injury case we look at, we have to preserve the vehicle for our engineers to look at and for the manufacturer's expert to look at.
In our Accident and Injury law firm, McCutcheon and Hamner we are always interested in reviewing your single vehicle accident situation.