Vehicle operators take for granted that their car, truck, or van will operate according to design. When a driver puts a vehicle in park, he or she reasonably believes that the vehicle will remain in park. But for an unfortunate number of drivers, motor vehicle defects can prevent vehicles from properly engaging the parking mechanism, leading to dangerous and deadly consequences.
These types of accidents occur primarily in vehicles with automatic transmissions manufactured prior to 2011. Worn or defective transmissions can cause idling vehicles to slip unexpectedly from park to revers. In other cases, accidental bumps to a vehicle’s gear selector can cause a vehicle in park to change gears and roll away if the keys are left in the ignition.
As product liability attorneys, the trial team at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA has seen firsthand the damage and destruction that an out-of-control vehicle can do. Injuries to bystanders, occupants, and children can result when a vehicle rolls or reverses without an operator behind the wheel.
Park-to-revers and rollaway accidents can put everyone at risk. Those inside of a defective vehicle often sustain accident injuries if their vehicle rolls into oncoming traffic, strikes a solid structure, or loses control. Bystanders and passing motorists similarly face risks when a rollaway vehicle unexpectedly enters traffic, sidewalks, or other occupied areas.
Past rollaway and park-to-reverse accidents have involved Dodge, Ford, and Chrysler vehicles, among others. Whether you own the vehicle in question or are injured by a vehicle owned by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation from the vehicle’s manufacturer.
If you or a loved one suffered injury or wrongful death as the result of a park-to-reverse or rollaway accident, contact our Ohio product liability lawyers now for a free consultation and to learn how we can help you pursue those responsible for your injuries.