In 1965, then-unknown lawyer Ralph Nader wrote Unsafe at Any Speed, an expose of the automobile industry's disregard for consumer safety. Four decades later, car makers continue to cause needless human suffering by producing defective, unsafe vehicles. Auto defects cases cover a wide range of possibilities, and an attorney is well advised to pay close attention when someone has suffered a catastrophic injury or loss of a loved one in a vehicle accident. Did an SUV roll over? An airbag fail to deploy? A tire come apart? A fuel tank explode? Sometimes, attorneys mistakenly believe they do not have a case against a car manufacturer - or worse yet, don't even think about it to begin with. They merely look to the available insurance from another potential co-defendant, collect it, and the case is done. More often than not, these insurance policies are for minimum sums and come nowhere close to adequate compensation for the victim. If that happens, justice will not be done. And corporate wrongdoers will evade responsibility for causing innocent people unnecessary pain and suffering. This book enables readers to evaluate an auto products liability case by offering valuable information on the specifics of common vehicle defects. To illustrate the tragic implications of defective autos in people's lives, real-life accounts have been included, reminding us that we are dealing with much more than statistical and technical information here.
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Brian Chase was included on the 2007 list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. He was named 2004 Product Liability Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and has served as president of that group. He is currently secretary of the Consumers Attorneys of California. A graduate of Pepperdine School of Law, he is a frequent lecturer for various attorney organizations, teaching strategies that enable lawyers to litigate cases involving corporate wrongdoing.
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