The SUV rollover lawsuit filed against Mitsubishi Motors by the family
of TLC Singer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes will go forward, says
the Georgia Court of Appeals. The auto manufacturing giant had tried to
have the wrongful death lawsuit dismissed because the company is located
abroad and the accident occurred in Honduras.
Lopes died while on vacation in April 2002 in a rollover collision outside the town of La Ceiba. Lopes, 30, was driving the Mitsubishi SUV that rolled over.
Representing the pop star’s family in the case is Attorney Stuart Ollanik, a senior partner at the auto products liability law firm of Gilbert & Ollanik,PC. Mr. Ollanik says that the sport utility vehicle that Lopes was operating was not as resistant to rollovers as it could and should have been—especially because many SUVs that are now being made are “a little lower, just a little bit wider, and with electronic stability.” Electronic stability systems can automatically adjust the steering and braking of a motor vehicle so that it doesn’t tip over.
Mr. Ollanik and Gilbert & Ollanik, PC are long-term advocates of improving SUVs. Testing conducted by the law firm show that just lowering the center of gravity of a sport utility vehicle and widening the wheel base can prevent an SUV from rolling over. Many engineers and safety experts agree.
Mitsubishi has denied any wrongdoing related to Lopes’s rollover death.
Our auto products liability law firm is nationally recognized for helping injured clients and their families across the United States recover injury and wrongful death compensation from some of the largest auto manufacturers in the country and the world.
To watch Stuart Ollanik’s recent interview with Fox Colorado News please visit: SUV Lawsuit Aimed At Improving Safety, MyFoxColorado.com, March 9, 2008
TLC’s Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes dies in wreck, CNN.com, April 26, 2002
Related Web Resources:
A Few Facts About SUVs and Safety, PBS.org
The Physics of SUV Rollover Accidents
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