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Auto Defect Attorneys in Columbus Who Will Stand Up for You

Columbus, GA, has a small-town feel, but it doesn’t lack culture or fun activities. You can catch a jazz show at The Loft, attend a concert by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, visit the Columbus Botanical Garden, or cruise along the Columbus RiverWalk. Lots of people use a car to get around this great city, but sadly, accidents caused by auto defects have become all too common.

The big automakers have a long and shameful history of selling unsafe cars. Even when it becomes clear that their vehicles have severe design flaws, these corporations will often refuse to issue a recall or make the necessary changes to save lives and prevent catastrophic injuries.

At Butler Prather LLP, we stand up to the big automakers. Our firm has won landmark cases such as Hill v Ford Motor Co., where we obtained a $1.7 billion verdict for the surviving children of a Georgia couple who died due to the weak roof in their Ford Super Duty truck.

Our firm also won a major verdict against Chrysler on behalf of a Georgia family whose four-year-old son was killed when their Jeep Grand Cherokee burst into flames after being rear-ended. The fire was caused by the faulty placement of the vehicle’s plastic gas tank.

Butler Prather LLP has been representing personal injury clients in Columbus, Georgia, for over 35 years. We have won over a billion dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We’ve won nine verdicts that exceed $100 million and over 60 verdicts and settlements of over $10 million.

If you or a loved one was injured due to a defective automobile, call us at (706) 322-1990 to schedule a complimentary consultation today.

Butler Prather LLP Will Seek Justice Against the People That Hurt You

Ford Motor Company refused to issue a recall or change their production methods even after it became obvious that the roofs in 5.2 million Super Duty trucks were dangerously weak and could not withstand the force of a rollover. Officials at Chrysler (now called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, FCA) resisted pressure to move the highly flammable plastic gas tanks in the Jeep Cherokee vehicles for over 20 years. Butler Prather LLP took these large corporations to court to get justice for our clients.

Most law firms don’t have the resources to take on the big carmakers. At Butler Prather LLP, we’ve won large settlements against major automotive corporations, including General Motors, Ford, Toyota, and FCA.

If you or a loved one was injured by a vehicle with design flaws or faulty parts, Butler Prather LLP will conduct the necessary research to find out what’s going on. We will also consult with world-class engineers who will help us pinpoint the defect and discover how it contributed to your injuries. Then, we will file a claim or a lawsuit that may include the following types of damages:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Reduced earning potential
  • PTSD
  • Medical devices
  • Disfigurement
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • In-home nursing care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Wrongful death

Accidents Caused by Auto Defects

The large corporations that make cars, trucks, and SUVs spend billions of dollars to design, build, and market their vehicles. There is no excuse for cars that have hazardous design flaws. Butler Prather LLP has won verdicts and settlements for our clients based on several types of vehicle defects, including:

  • Defective roof design. Rollovers that happen in vehicles with defective roof design cause devastating injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), paralysis, and fatalities. Design flaws make certain trucks and SUVs more prone to rollovers. When rollovers occur, SUV manufacturers will often blame the tire manufacturer, and these cases are often complicated. Butler Prather LLP will file a claim against all responsible parties, and we won’t let defendants muddy the waters by blaming someone else.
  • Defective seats. Seat backs that collapse backward, defective tracks that cause seats to separate, and rear seats that fold over on passengers can all cause serious injuries when a collision occurs.
  • Brake failure. Brakes that don’t release may cause the car to stop completely on the highway, and this could result in a rear-end collision or a multi-car pileup. When brakes fail to engage, or the driver pushes the brake pedal all the way to the floor and it fails to stop the vehicle, a crash is likely to occur.
  • Seat belt defects such as faulty latches, poor design, retractor failure, and weaving defects can cause bruising, internal injuries, broken bones, paralysis, and decapitation.
  • EV battery fires may be caused by defective batteries, faulty battery installation, and vehicle crashes. When an EV battery begins to burn, it causes a condition known as thermal runaway. It takes several thousand gallons of water to extinguish an EV battery fire, and these fires can injure drivers and passengers and spread to surrounding structures.
  • Tire failure. Tires with faulty tread cause blowouts, creating a situation where the driver immediately loses control of the vehicle. The vehicle may spin or veer across lanes, crashing into other drivers, pedestrians, or motorcycle riders.
    Steering system failure caused by fuel leaks, broken pumps, and electrical malfunction leaves the driver unable to maneuver the vehicle. This causes a crash when it happens on the highway.
  • Defective airbags that fail to deploy when a collision occurs can dramatically increase the risk of injury. A defective airbag can also deploy randomly. If this happens while someone is driving the vehicle, it is likely to cause a crash. Unintended airbag deployment can also lead to hearing loss, TBI, and fractures of the wrist, ribs, and skull.
  • Fuel system defects may cause a vehicle to stall on the road, leading to a rear-end collision. Defective parts and fuel leaks cause fiery explosions.

We Take On the Big Car Companies and Win!

At Butler Prather LLP, our Columbus product liability attorneys will pursue every legal avenue to get you the resources you need to cover your medical bill and other expenses caused by the accident.

We understand you are going through a difficult time. We treat all our clients with respect and compassion, and we make ourselves available to answer your calls because we know how important your case is to you.

Call us at (706) 322-1990 to learn more today.

I was in a complex premises liability case involving a multinational corporations. Mr. Butler & his associates were always three steps ahead of these defendants. When they say they are "exceptional trial lawyers," this is not just a slogan but it is a way of life.”
- Zack Hendon