Automotive Defects and Car Accident Cases
Aggressive Attorneys for Automotive Defect and Car Accident Injury Cases
Kansas City - Nationwide
Automotive manufacturers have the duty to design cars and trucks that are safe. When a vehicle is carelessly and improperly designed or manufactured, a collision in that vehicle can cause life-changing, catastrophic injuries. It can even be fatal.
At Stueve Siegel Hanson, in Kansas City, and The Henning Law Firm, we have successfully brought many auto defect cases in places across the United States. Our lawyers personally and thoroughly investigate each and every case. We start by examining the scene of the accident, inspecting the cars or trucks involved, interviewing witnesses, consulting with engineering, scientific, inspection and reconstruction experts and gathering all documentation necessary to present your case to a jury in the most quick and efficient manner possible.
Our approach has helped us achieve success in a wide range of auto defect cases:
- SUV Rollover Defects
- Roof Crush Defects
- Seatbelt Defects
- Window Defects
- Tire Defects
- Wheel Defects
- Air Bag Defects
- Fuel Tank Defects
- Fuel Fed Fire Defects
- General Crashworthiness Defects
Every year throughout this country, statistics show that there are more than 6 million automobile accidents, causing more than 3 million injuries and over 40,000 deaths. Too often, the types of defects listed above cause or contribute to cause those very injuries and deaths. Either through their own testing, or through other generally available research and data in the industry, automotive manufacturers are aware of the serious safety concerns. The catastrophic injuries that occur as the result of manufacturing and design decisions can require a lifetime of medical treatment, as well as serious and on-going pain and suffering. Our teams of dedicated trial lawyers have the experience and legal knowledge to hold automotive manufacturers and negligent drivers liable for such injuries and deaths.
Our lawyers' experience comes from some of the top schools, federal clerkships and largest law firms in the United States. We are proof that not all big law firm lawyers are at the big firms. We have the experience and resources necessary to aggressively pursue your case if you are the victim of an auto defect injury or car accident injury.
Case Results (Click here for more results)
Estimated $75,000,000 - $125,000,000 Settlement
Automotive Product Defect Class Action
In re: Hyundai Horsepower Litigation,
This settlement netted class relief totaling between $75-$125 million. The case was aggressively litigated over nearly two years and was fought on numerous fronts. The nationwide litigation began in September 2002 when Hyundai announced it had overstated horsepower ratings in more than 1 million vehicles sold in the United States over a 10 year period. SSH was one of several firms around the country that filed class actions against Hyundai, but in early 2003, Hyundai announced it had settled the case on a nationwide basis with two lawyers in Beaumont, Texas. SSH was part of a leadership group of interveners in Beaumont who were provided 90 days to conduct discovery and challenge the settlement.
Estimated $50,000,000 Settlement
Automotive Product Defect Class Action
Lewin, et al. v. Volkswagen of America, Inc.,
Stueve Siegel Hanson brought a class action against Volkswagen for defective window regulators installed on nearly 1 million vehicles including 1999-2003 model year VW Golf, GTI and Jetta and 1998-2003 model year VW Beetle. Under the settlement agreement VW agreed to (1) reimburse all expenses incurred by VW owners in the past related to replacing the defective window regulators,(2) install a redesigned metal window regulator replacing any failed window regulators (which used plastic components) under an extended warranty, (3) extend the warranty for all four window regulators at issue to 7 years from the date of the car purchase. The settlement also required VW to direct mail the notice of settlement to nearly 1 million customers as well as publish a summary notice in USA Today and incur all administrative costs in for processing the extended warranty and reimbursement claims. The value of the settlement including the replacement costs and extended warranty could exceed $50,000,000.00. SSH was awarded attorneys' fees and costs in the litigation.
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When you or a loved one have been injured by a defective car part, contact Stueve Siegel Hanson about your options. Our experienced lawyers offer free and confidential initial consultations; call 1-800-714-0360 or 816-714-7100.
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