Many of our readers in the Chicago area probably know that each year, defective products injure thousands of Americans. However, some people do not know that lawsuits that are based on these types of injuries draw upon an area of law known as "products liability". So, what do our readers need to know about products liability law if they are injured by a defective product?
One day at the construction site you were working on, you were hit in the head by a metal pipe. Perhaps your head bled a little, you had a headache for a few weeks or months, and some blurry vision and ringing the ears. You thought you were fine. But after the injury, you had difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, and trouble organizing your thoughts. You explode at your loved ones. Could you have sustained a traumatic brain injury or TBI?
Early January, numerous vehicles were added to a multi-year Takata air bag recall. Ford Motor Co. added 953,000 vehicles worldwide to the recall, while Toyota Motor Corp added another 1.7 million vehicles, according to Reuters. Before these vehicles were added, 37 million vehicles had already been recalled since 2016. Ford and Toyota are only two of the 19 automakers with vehicles affected by the defective product.
By now, most of our readers in the Chicago area are familiar with the tell-tale signs of a distracted driver: sudden jerks to one side or another of a lane of traffic, seemingly for no reason; drifting out of a lane of traffic; and, of course, the ever-present ability to simply look at a driver and see that driver staring down instead of looking at the road. There is no doubt about it - distracted drivers are becoming the biggest danger on the roads in Chicago and throughout the country.
Although there are many people in the Chicago area who have probably been in a car accident before, a serious car accident involving injuries and property damage can be a much more jarring experience than the run-of-the-mill fender-bender. As sad as it is to say, there are hundreds of people on the roads each day who are distracted, uninsured and even perhaps under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These are situations that are ripe for a dangerous car accident to occur.