When most people in Bozeman hear about a fatal car accident, they may likely envision high-speed collisions on a road or freeway. However, given the size that most vehicles possess compared to their drivers, it may come as little surprise to learn that many fatal accidents happen while in the perceived safety and security of a driveway. Most would likely attribute such accidents to human error, such as forgetting to ensure that a vehicle’s engine was off or that it was securely elevated before getting underneath it to make repairs. However, recent news shows that to not always be the case.
Popular young actor Anton Yelchin was tragically killed recently in a freak accident in his own driveway. According to reports, Yelchin was crushed against a concrete mailbox when his Jeep Grand Cherokee unexpected rolled down the driveway immediately after he exited from it. It was later learned that the specific model of Yelchin’s Jeep is currently under recall by its manufacturer, Fiat Chrysler. The problem that precipitated the recall was an issue with the vehicle’s transmission that led drivers to believe they had shifted into park when, in reality, their cars were in neutral. The investigation that prompted the recall was initiated after the National Highway Safety Administration was contacted about an accident that was eerily similar to Yelchin’s.
Most often, liability for a car accident goes to who may have caused it on the road, not the factory floor. Yet if vehicle design flaws are proven to be cause of an accident, then the vehicle manufacturer may be forced to accept responsibility, even after a vehicle recall has been initiated. Those looking to hold automakers responsible for their errors may find that an experienced attorney can offer a great amount of assistance in bolstering their cases.
Source: The New York Times “Jeep That Crushed Anton Yelchin Had Been Recalled” Jensen, Christopher June 20, 2016