$7 Million Recovery In A Fatal Crash Involving A Defective Truck Steering Column


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On the New Jersey Turnpike in late November 2005, a Bristol, Pa., trucker unexpectedly and through no fault of his own lost control of his rig, struck a concrete pillar and was killed in a fiery crash.

Joel Feller, a founding partner of Ross Feller Casey, uncovered that the truck maker knew of a defect in that model’s steering assembly for more than a year before the fatal accident, but waited to tell the public. Five days after the crash, the man’s widow received a recall notice in which the manufacturer acknowledged that the vehicle was one of 38,000 with such a steering problem.

Feller obtained a $7 million settlement for the man’s family through tireless preparation for the product-liability case, which included the creation of an animated movie to demonstrate just what went wrong.

Among other facts, the animation (seen on the left) demonstrated how the steering assembly was dangerously designed and built.

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