Defective Automobiles

Fatal Vehicle Defect Attorneys

When a car manufacturer designs and builds a car, it has an obligation to assure that the car will protect the driver and passengers in a crash. Not all injuries can be avoided, but when a defective auto component or safety device, seat belt, air bag or other component causes a fatal injury, people have a right to compensation.

When someone is killed in an accident involving a defective auto, his or her survivors have a wrongful death claim against the auto manufacturer.

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one from a defective automobile in California, Walkup Melodia can help you. For a free consultation with our legal team to discuss your case, call us at 415-906-3764 or contact the Walkup firm online.

San Francisco's Premier Wrongful Death Law Firm

At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our California attorneys have handled auto defect claims and lawsuits against almost all of the major auto manufacturers for families whose loved ones have died in crashes.

Sometimes the car design is at fault. Sometimes the manufacturer didn't want to spend the few cents or a dollar that a safe alternative would have cost. Other times, the manufacturing process or materials are faulty. Our auto defect attorneys have handled cases involving a wide range of defects:

  • SUV rollovers
  • Seat belt failures
  • Seat back failure
  • Brake malfunctions
  • Air bag malfunctions
  • Vehicle stability failure
  • Tire tread failure or separation
  • Fuel system leakage

If your family has suffered the loss of a loved one because of a defective automobile, let the California wrongful death attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger work for fair compensation for you.

Arrange a free consultation to discuss your case by calling us at 415-906-3764 or contacting the Walkup firm online.

Our attorneys handle wrongful death cases in San Francisco, including South of Market, Mission Bay, Tenderloin, Union Park and the Mission District.

Wrongful Death Case Study

SUV Rollover Due To Defective Suspension Part — Death Of 32-Year-Old Woman

Our automobile product liability lawyers negotiated a multimillion-dollar confidential settlement on behalf of an SUV passenger who was ejected from her vehicle when it rolled while traveling at 70 mph on Highway 580 in Alameda County. Our client claimed that the vehicle went out of control when a component of the front suspension became disconnected, causing the driver to hit the center median, lose steering input and tumble end over end for 300 feet. Our client's wife was ejected and died in the collision, leaving him to care for their 8-year-old son. Our investigation revealed that the suspension component that failed was subsequently recalled by the manufacturer.