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Product Liability Case Leading To Wrongful Death

Written by Berkowitz

Defective and unsafe products and parts can lead to harm, or even death. When this happens, a product liability case can be filed. Berkowitz and Hanna LLC knows that product liability law is a complex area of personal injury law. A recent example of a wrongful death case resulting from an allegedly defective product has been filed in California by the mother of a young man killed in a motorcycle crash on the Harbor (101) Freeway.

Veronica Phan is claiming that her 21-year-old son, Derrek Tran, was killed because of a defect in his new Kawasaki Ninja 300 motorcycle.  The lawsuit alleges that Kawasaki marketed the sports bike with an emphasis on “speed, acceleration and handling” and claimed it is “manufactured to provide you optimum safety and convenience.”  The plaintiff alleges that the bike’s electronic control unit was defective, causing it to “unexpectedly stall while the vehicle is accelerating.”  The suit was filed against Kawasaki Motors Corp. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., claiming that Kawasaki knew of the defect in 2012. A year after her son’s death, Mrs. Phan received a recall notice concerning the Kawasaki’s deceleration problems.

Having litigated many such cases, Berkowitz and Hanna LLC can attest that it is not uncommon for unsafe products or parts to make it into the hands of the public. When a defective product harms someone, or even leads to a wrongful death, compensation is the just result.

Note: Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not represent any of the parties in this case.