Defective Product Injuries

Paul Walkers daughter, Meadow Walker has filed a lawsuit against Porsche claiming that defects in the manufacturing of the Porsche Carrera GT caused Paul Walkers death. The lawsuit claims that the car did not have an electronic stability control system, which helps the driver maintain control in extreme conditions. The suit also claims that the car had inadequate side door reinforcement bars, a faulty fuel line, and a flawed seat belt system. “This snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position,” the lawsuit states. “If these defects were not present in the car, Walker would be alive today.”

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These defects would fall under “Product Liability law,” which causes thousands of injuries every year in the U.S. It use to be that the injured party would have had to purchase the defective product to be able to file a suit against the manufacturer. This is no longer true; the injured party does not have to be the purchaser of the product. In Walkers case, he was the passenger of his friend’s car, but a suit could be filed due to his death while riding in the vehicle with defects.


Liability for a defective product could lie with any party in the products distribution.

For example:

  • The manufacturer
  • The manufacturer of the components
  • The assemblers or installers of such components
  • The wholesaler
  • The retailer or seller of the product

Second hand or used sales do not apply.


The list of defects could include Design defects, manufacturing defects, or marketing defects. Design defects take place from the beginning, before the product is manufactured. Manufacturing defects take place during assembly. Marketing defects take place when the product has improper labeling, insufficient instructions, or lack of safety warnings.


There are wide ranges of products that can be defective in your automobile. Including defective airbags, tires, suspension, seat belts, and computer systems just to name a few. The construction of the car can come into play as well. Was the structure of the car properly built? Did the structure of the car have enough reinforcement to handle a roll over accident, or side impact accident? All of these matters will come into play when dealing with an accident or wrongful death lawsuit.


Hiring an attorney that has experience in with these types of accidents is very important. At Phillips and Lyon, you will find the experience that is needed to handle you accident case under any circumstance. When you hire Phillips and Lyon, you really do hire Phillips and Lyon.

Choosing the right attorney for a bodily injury case

Finding a personal or bodily injury attorney is not difficult. The problem is knowing if the attorney you found is a good one, or the right one for you. If you have a good case, or a “winning case”, many lawyers will be willing to help. You need to be able to choose the right lawyer who will best represent you in your accident injury case.

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What you should know:

The attorney you choose can make a huge difference in how your case is handled. Do research on the lawyers that you are interested in working with, get referrals and seek out online reviews. Once you have narrowed your choices, set up meetings with the lawyers to get a better feel for how you are going to be represented.


Pre-Planning for meeting with your lawyer

Take notes that include important information about your case. Provide evidence you may have, pictures of the accident scene, injuries, as well as names of witnesses. Include a copy of the police report of the accident, medical bills, and insurance information and policies, which are extremely important to your case. Your being organized and prepared will allow the attorney to be more effective in representing your interests.


Questions for the lawyer

When meeting with your lawyer, you should feel comfortable with him/her. If you feel that there is no chance of having a positive relationship, find another lawyer. If you do feel comfortable with your lawyer, have some question ready for them. Such as:

  • How long has the lawyer been in business?
  • How much experience does the lawyer have with your type of case?
  • How will the lawyer approach your case?
  • How much participation is expected on your part?
  • How will the lawyer keep you notified on your case?
  • What are the lawyers’ fees?
  • What payment, billing, or expense arrangement will be expected?
  • Will you be working with the lawyer directly, or will you only be in contact with legal assistants?

You want to make sure that you will have direct access to your lawyer, and that you are not being pushed off to the assistant. Direct contact with your lawyer is very important to clarify any other question you might have along the way.


Deciding on a lawyer

After meeting with a lawyer and discussing all of your concerns, you must decide on whether or not to hire the attorney.

  • Are you comfortable with the lawyer?
  • Do you believe the lawyer has enough experience to handle your case?
  • Were all of your issues and concerns properly addressed and understood?
  • Do you understand the fee agreement that will be put into place?

Once you have gone over all of these issues, you must decide which lawyer to hire. It might be a tough decision, but it will make all the difference in the end. Here at Phillips and Lyon, your case will be personally handled by either Greg Lyon, or Gary Phillips. When you work with Phillips and Lyon, you really do work with Phillips and Lyon.

Communication Companies Are Campaigning Against Distracted Driving

Communication Companies Are Campaigning Against Distracted DrivingDistracted driving has become an all too common problem causing thousands of injuries and deaths. Many states have now enforced the No Texting While Driving law, but what about checking the status of a social media post or perusing the Internet, even if it’s for “only a second”.

It is those seconds we are consumed by our phone that are the culprits for an abundance of horrible car crashes. Regardless of the timeframe of looking at your phone, even if you’re not physically talking, you’re taking precious time away from concentrating on the road.

AT&T has come across a staggering and frightening statistic revolving around distracted driving from social media posts and Internet browsing: “27 percent of people admit to checking Facebook while driving, and 14 percent of people say they check Twitter.”

There have been many campaigns to stop the use of smartphones completely while driving, but unfortunately, the message is not getting across to all. AT&T is taking a dramatic, but completely appropriate and eye-opening stance on distracted driving with their “It Can Wait” campaign.

AT&T decided to take their newest campaign for safe driving to a whole new level with a video intended to touch the hearts and change the minds of people all over.

The video revolves around a group of people who are seemingly unconnected. Going about their daily lives, two of the people are driving in their vehicles, one towards home and the other on errands. One person chooses to take a split second of focus needed on the road to check the status of a social media post made earlier that day. In an instant a horrendous accident occurs.

At the very end of the video, the crash is reversed to the second when the driver decided to look down at their phone, taking her eyes off of the oncoming vehicle. If only she made the choice to put the phone away, things could have been much different.

What the video does is put the accident in real-life circumstance. Rather than leaving you with the perception of “that’ll never happen to me”, it makes you feel that it most definitely could happen to you. No one ever wants to take a life in a distracted driving accident. been prevented, but it can happen in an instant.

Distracted driving incidents can be prevented. The power of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign can help save lives and decrease the number of unnecessary accidents on the road.

At Phillips and Lyon, we believe that everyone should take a stand and urge all to put their phones down no matter what can create a better driving experience. If you have been involved in a distracted driving accident, contact us or call our legal team at (800)-272-LAWS today for representation.

Been Hurt in Accident? Don’t Wait to Take Action!

Been Hurt in Accident Don’t Wait to Take Action!Getting in a vehicular accident is tough enough, and unfortunately when it causes you harm it can become a very overwhelming situation, creating new and unwanted stresses. The accident also creates a lot of questions for you moving forward, many of which you could have no idea how to answer.

That’s why it is important to know what steps to take when you are injured in accident, to make sure you aren’t left more of a problem that you started with.

Take The Steps to Protect Yourself!

The first thing you should do once you’re in an accident is get yourself checked out medically, to see the extent of your injuries. If you do, you may be able to file a personal injury claim as those injuries may cause you to miss time at work, and pile up an expensive medical bill.

This claim would help you obtain financial compensation to pay for your bills as well as make up any missed wages from your job.

You shouldn’t be left on your own from another driver’s negligence or recklessness, so you will need to file your claim within a timely manner. That’s why you should contact a lawyer to come and meet with you to determine how much your claim is worth.

From there the judicial process will begin, which could ultimately compensate you with the money you’ve lost due to the accident and more.

Phillips & Lyon professional personal injury attorneys will represent you and help you handle your injury claim when you have been hurt in an accident. Our expert lawyers have the skill and knowledge to handle your case, and will get you what you deserve. For more information on our services, please contact us today!

10 Tips to Help You When Involved In an Accident


1. Safety: Make sure that you and your passengers are not injured. If an injury occurred, call 911 to report the injuries.  If there is serious injury or major damage, do not move the vehicles.  Wait until the police arrive so they can properly document the scene. This will help the police and investigators determine who is at fault if there is any question of liability.  If the accident is minor, move the vehicle to the side of the road to a safe location.  Do not get out of the vehicle unless it is safe.  Stay in the vehicle if you are injured or surrounded by moving traffic.   What seems like a minor injury could be much worse than it seems and trying to move could make things worse.  Your best bet is to stay in your vehicle with your seat belt fastened, turn on your hazards while waiting for help to arrive.

2. Call the police: Don’t ever let anyone at the scene try to convince you otherwise. A police report will be very important alter on.  Get the police report along with the name and number of the reporting officer.  In some cases of minor crashes, the police will not respond unless there are serious injuries or property damage; if that is the case, you will need to file an accident report at the local police station as soon as possible.

3. Exchanging Information: Get the other drivers name, phone number, insurance company, policy number, drivers license number, plate number, and address. Note the make and model of the other vehicle including color and visible damages.

4. Witnesses: Get the name and contact information of any witness that saw the accident. Do this as quickly as possible so you can get as many witness testimonies before they leave the scene.  Ask them to give a statement to the police.  If they are in a hurry to leave, contact them later to get their testimony.

5. Photographs: Take photographs of the entire scene as well as the damages done to each vehicle. Get a photo of the license plate number of the other vehicle, along with a picture of the other driver.  It might be helpful to take pictures of the surrounding area as well.  This can be helpful to your insurance company and attorneys during the future proceedings.

6. Do not discuss fault: Never admit that the accident is your fault to the other drivers or the police. Do not even say that you are sorry, it could make you look guilty even if you are not at fault; it could be used against you later.

7. Personal records: Make a written record of all the information that you gathered at the scene of the accident. Write down everything you remember.  How the accident happened, what the road conditions were like, weather, and make a diagram if possible.  This will help later while you are filing a claim with your insurance company.  It will also be helpful to your attorney.

8. File a claim: File a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. You should already be aware of what your insurance policy covers, so you won’t have to worry about what charges have to come out of your pocket, such as towing from the scene of the accident.

9. Contact the DMV: The DMV requires all drivers to file a report of an accident, regardless of who is at fault. For more information, visit the DMV Website.

10. Protect your rights: Contact Phillips and Lyon immediately. There will be questions such as: How am I going to pay for my medical expenses, and what to do about your damaged vehicle, or replacing a damaged vehicle?  An experienced attorney can help you through these processes while protecting your legal rights.  The insurance company will have their own attorneys who will have their best interest in mind, not yours.  It will be important to have a defender on your side.