Our firm is preparing to try a very important product liability case in Nashville, Tenn., later this year. Our client, who was employed as part of the housekeeping staff at Vanderbilt Hospital, was driving her 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse on the way to work one evening when she was involved in a wreck. As she turned left through an intersection, another vehicle failed to stop at a red light and struck our client’s car directly in the driver’s door. Although she was wearing her seatbelt and was obeying all traffic laws, our client was seriously and permanently injured. Experts and doctors all agree that while emergency surgeries at Vanderbilt saved her life, she continues to suffer with permanent injuries.
As we began investigating this case, we learned that the owners manual for our client’s car discusses how an available driver side side-impact airbag offers supplemental crash protection in side impact crashes such as the one she suffered. However, we also learned that Mitsubishi manufactured our client’s car without a side-impact airbag.
Although it was aware of the benefits that side airbags offer to occupants in a crash, Mitsubishi made a decision to make side airbags optional equipment in the 2003 Eclipse. Unfortunately, our client purchased her Eclipse used and did not have the choice of selecting an optional airbag. Because manufacturers have long been aware of the protection that side airbags offer, it’s inexcusable to design and develop such protection and then only offer it as an option. Our experts are prepared to testify that side airbag protection was available and feasible for our client’s Eclipse and that an airbag would have lessened the forces and injuries she suffered in her crash. Mike Andrews is the lawyer from our firm handling this case. We will keep you updated on this very important case as it progresses through the system.
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