California Car Fire Lawsuit Attorneys
The typical American car or SUV carries 12 to 20 gallons of gas in it. One gallon of gasoline has the same explosive potential as six sticks of dynamite. Recognizing the significant danger to motorists, auto engineers put considerable time and effort into engineering safe fuel systems. Largely, these efforts have been successful. As a result, it is unusual for a car, SUV, van or truck to explode or catch on fire during an accident.
Consequently, when a vehicle does catch fire, an investigation into possible design defects should be considered.
Most recently, the Dodge Intrepid sedan has come under scrutiny for a suspected design or manufacturing defect with its braking system. A recent fatal California taxi accident involved an Intrepid taxicab in which the brakes appear to have caught fire, causing a crash and burning two passengers to death.
Intrepid sedans have also been purchased by police departments. In lab and road tests in police chase scenarios, the brakes on some Intrepid cars caught fire, just as the brakes on the California taxicab.
- We achieved a $4.9 billion verdict on behalf of clients who suffered serious burn injuries from a faulty fuel system in a Chevy Malibu. That was the largest personal injury verdict in the U.S. in 1999, and one of the largest plaintiff’s verdicts in American judicial history.
- We achieved a multi-million dollar settlement for a client who suffered disfiguring burns in a car fire because the fuel tank in her Isuzu Trooper was placed in a vulnerable location without adequate protection in case of a rear-end collision.
- We achieved a $2.5 million settlement for a family that lost two children in a truck fire caused by a faulty filler neck.
Our firm has investigative resources few can match. We maintain our own evidence warehouse, which allows us to store burned vehicles and other evidence. We employ a staff of investigative experts and demonstrative evidence experts who help us understand the causes of a particular accident and prepare clear, convincing evidence that a jury can understand.
Burn injuries are the most painful, debilitating injuries anyone can suffer. Life changes in an instant. If you were burned in a car fire, you deserve answers and you deserve compensation.
Put our knowledge, experience and strength to work for you. Contact a gas tank defect attorney at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP. We represent clients in Los Angeles, throughout Southern California, the state and the nation.