NYC Product Liability lawyer News: Ford to Blame for Fatal Van Rollover
10/04/2010 // New York, NY, US // Jonathan C. Reiter // New York City injury attorney Jonathan C. Reiter
New York, NY (NYC Product Liability Lawyer News)—ACCORDING TO AUTO SAFETY EXPERT, FORD IS TO BLAME FOR THE SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 ACCIDENT ON THE NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY THAT KILLED PASTOR SIMON WHITE, HIS WIFE ZELDA, FOUR OTHER MEMBERS OF THE JOY FELLOWHIP CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLIES AND CAUSED CRITICAL INJURIES TO EIGHT OTHER PASSENGERS.
As reported by leading personal injury and products liability attorney, Jonathan C. Reiter, a respected auto safety expert, Byron Bloch, has stated that Ford is responsible for causing the fatal rollover accident involving a 1997 Ford Passenger Van. Bloch told attorney Reiter that the Ford Van was defectively designed, leaving the van vulnerable to rear tire blowouts and rollovers. Ford also cut corners by installing unreasonably weak roof supports, leading to excessive roof crush. Additionally, the tempered glass used in the van’s large side windows easily shattered, allowing passengers to be ejected onto the highway. Ford should have installed safer laminated glass that would have served as a life net, preventing the passengers from being ejected.
Bloch told attorney Reiter that the tire failure issue is also related to the bad Ford Van design, which causes a vertical pounding on the rear tires, thus making those tires more likely to fail and de-tread. This is what happened in the fatal accident involving Reverend Simon and his church members. In the accident, one of the rear tires unexpectedly failed (de-treaded) which aggravated the controllability of the large van. But such a tire failure should not cause a vehicle to lose control and rollover. The long 15-passenger Ford E-350 Econoline Vans’ controllability problems can be traced to an adverse combination of their high center of gravity, their relatively short wheelbase with a long rear overhang, and their lack of a fully-independent suspension, and the lack of any mitigation of braking forces to the separate wheels to help minimize controllability problems in the event of emergency maneuvers or tire failure.
Bloch told Attorney Reiter that Ford Motor Company has known of these dangers for many years, but has failed to design out the hazards, or to equip their vans with the safer laminated glass for the large side windows. Ford will continue to refuse to conduct a compassionate recall to correct these hazards, but will blame the tire and the driver instead. Bloch stated that this accident would not have happened if Ford had designed and equipped this vehicle properly.
Bloch has previously worked with Attorney Reiter in a successful lawsuit against Toyota Motor Company in which a Toyota RAV4 rolled over, causing passenger William Scott to become quadriplegic. Scott was a highly decorated U.S. Marshall who ultimately died from his injuries.
Leading New York City injury attorney Jonathan C. Reiter states if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a rollover crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. With more than thirty years of experience litigating the multifaceted claims of vehicular accident victims and their families, contacting NYC product liability lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter with regard to your particular personal injury or wrongful death case may help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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