This news story goes back a few years, but the lesson for victims of defective products is worth repeating: Even though other risk factors may have contributed to injury, you are still owed compensation for a defective product. This product liability case shows just that.
The case involved a Montana couple whose son was killed while riding in a pick-up truck driven by his friend. The driver lost control and struck a utility pole. In an act of poor judgment, the driver was drinking while intoxicated. In fact, his blood alcohol level was .11, well over the Montana limit of .08. The driver’s accountability for the accident was proven in court. He was convicted of criminal endangerment and given a four-year sentence.
However, the couple of the deceased son claimed that a defective auto part, namely the wheel, failed the night of the accident. Did the driver’s impairment absolve the wheel manufacturer of accountability? No. While the wheel maker tried to place all the blame on the driver, they soon realized their responsibility was apparent. Only three days into the trail, they settled with the plaintiff.
Negligent manufacturers will often try to place the blame on someone or something else. If you or a family member have experienced injury because of a defective product, talk to an experienced product liability attorney. You are owed compensation and the manufacturer must face accountability, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the injury.
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