1.6 Million Dollar Recovery for the Family of a Vehicle Fire
Co-counseling with the attorney for the family of a deceased auto accident victim, Jeff Meyers and Justin Hakala handled the automotive defect portion of the case, which involved a post-collision fuel fed fire. The vehicle’s fuel tank was placed behind the rear axle with minimal protection from rear end accidents and when our client was struck, his vehicle burst into flames burning and ultimately killing him. We uncovered excellent testimony from the automaker’s chief executive and a back-room negotiation between the company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to avoid a recall and keeping the dangerous vehicles on the road. The manufacturer agreed to a $1.5 million settlement, with the remainder paid by the insurance company for the negligent driver.