Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Named as Co-Counsel in Product Liability Lawsuit Against Isuzu
The California auto defects lawyers of Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys have been named as co-counsel in an auto defect product liability case against Isuzu.
The lawsuit was filed by Gilbert, Ollanik & Komyatte, P.C., a leading Colorado automotive product liability law firm, specializing in auto defects and product safety. The suit alleges the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo manufactured and sold by the defendant and its subsidiaries and affiliates was defective and failed to properly protect Idaho residents Stacey Schrock and Christina Monroe from severe personal injuries during an October 2008 rollover accident. The case is pending in the Orange County Superior Court of California, case # 30-2010-00419235.
The defendants listed in this case are the following:
- Isuzu Motors Limited
- Isuzu North American Corporation Isuzu Motors America, LLC (through its predecessor Isuzu Motors America, Inc.)
- Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (through its predecessor Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Inc.)
- Isuzu Manufacturing Services of America, Inc.
- Isuzu Motors America, Inc.
- Isuzu Technical Center of America, Inc.
- American Isuzu Motors Inc.
- Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd.
- Takata Corporation
- TK Holdings, Inc.
- Takata Seat Belts, Inc.
- TI Holdings, Inc.
Isuzu Rodeo Rollover Accident Severely Injures Two Women
According to court documents, Stacey Schrock and Christina Monroe, both residents of Idaho, were the properly-restrained occupants of a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo as it traveled westbound on Interstate 84 near Highway 27, close to the town of Burley, Idaho on October 24, 2008.
Even at legal highway speeds, the driver was unable to maintain control of the Isuzu Rodeo as it careened toward the center median. In an effort to regain control, the driver over-corrected the vehicle's steering upon which the SUV went into a non-recoverable broadside skid. It rotated clockwise and rolled over, causing the ejection of the plaintiffs who sustained severe and traumatic personal injuries, including massive brain injuries and paraplegia, in the crash.
Numerous Isuzu Rodeo Defects Alleged
The lawsuit alleges the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo was wrought with a variety of defects, including the following:
- Insufficient lateral and roll stability to keep the vehicle upright during cornering and handling maneuvers by ordinary drivers within reasonably foreseeable roadway and traffic conditions.
- Defective and unsafe seats and seat backs that failed during the crash sequence, not only allowing the plaintiffs to careen backwards, but also facilitating their ejection through the rear passenger window.
- Defective and unsafe seat belts, which failed during the crash sequence, further facilitating the ejection of the plaintiffs through the rear passenger window.
- The use of defective and unsafe glass and glass glazing in the side and rear windows which completely failed during the crash sequence, allowing the plaintiffs to be ejected from the vehicle through openings in the windows.
"Not only were the defendants aware the Isuzu Rodeo was defective and dangerous, they failed to fix the problems or warn the public about those problems," said Brian Chase, partner at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys and co-counsel in the case. "Despite the availability of simple solutions that would fix these problems, the defendants chose to cut costs at the expense of human safety."
According to Chase, these solutions include the following:
- An electronic stability control system that uses electronic sensors to monitor steering commands, brake pressure and engine torque, to prevent rollover and side slip crashes.
- The use of wider and stronger metal in the seats, seat backs and seat connectors, to prevent seat and seat back failure during crash sequences.
- The use of laminated glass and protective glazing, to prevent the vehicle's windows from breaking and causing openings through which occupants could be ejected.
"For just a few hundred dollars, Isuzu could have corrected these problems yet it chose to advance its own pecuniary interests," said Brian Chase. "As a result, two innocent women will suffer for the rest of their lives."
The lawsuit seeks damages for severe personal injuries and pain and suffering; emotional and mental distress; disfigurement, loss of bodily function and impairment; past and future medical expenses; loss of past and future wages and earning ability; and court costs.
About Gilbert, Ollanik & Komyatte, P.C.
Gilbert, Ollanik & Komyatte, P.C. Colorado automotive product liability lawyers represent injured people and their families in lawsuits against some of the world's largest corporations. Since its inception in 1969, the firm's product safety lawyers have focused on litigation involving auto accidents and rollovers where people are seriously injured or killed because of automobile defects. The firm's attorneys have recovered more than $150 million dollars in verdicts & settlements on behalf of injured consumers in states across the country, including Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, California, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Florida, Texas, Utah, Washington, Georgia, West Virginia, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Illinois
About Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys represent people who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to an accident, defective product or negligence throughout the country from their California headquarters. The auto defects law firm has won a wide variety of auto defect cases against most of the major auto manufacturers, including Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan and Chrysler. Brian Chase is the author of the most up-to-date and comprehensive auto defect book available today, Still Unsafe at Any Speed: Auto Defects that Cause Wrongful Deaths and Catastrophic Injuries. For more information, visit Mr. Chase's blog at http://www.ProductDefectNews.com.