An elderly woman was critically injured in an Orange County car accident after her van rolled back and pinned her against a fence post. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Anaheim police were called to the woman’s home on Katella Avenue the afternoon of December 24, 2009, where they found her trapped under a Chrysler Town & Country van that had rolled and pushed her on to a fence post. The woman was apparently unloading the van in the driveway of the home, when it moved back and ran over her. Firefighters had to use a hydraulic system to lift the car off the woman. She was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries.

I deeply sympathize with this woman for the horrific injuries she has suffered in this unfortunate accident. I hope and pray that she recovers completely from her critical injuries. This victim will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.

Was the Parking Brake Set?

Based on this news report, it is hard to tell whether the woman forgot to set her parking brake, did not set it properly or whether this accident occurred as a result of a parking brake failure. Parking brake defects are extremely serious and can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death. We have seen many cases where an ineffective parking brake system can cause a vehicle to roll back without warning and run over unsuspecting victims.

Auto Products Liability Issues

Last year, Chrysler recalled 3,663 of its 2007-08 Dodge Nitro vehicles and 2008 model Jeep Liberty vehicles for defects in the parking brake lever that could result in a crash. At the time, Chrysler has received 24 reports alleging various degrees of reduced effectiveness of the parking brake system. One report alleged that the defective brake system caused a vehicle to crash. However, Chrysler vans were not included in that recall.

If I was a member of this critically injured victim’s family, I’d have her van thoroughly examined by an expert, for any auto product defects or mechanical malfunctions including, parking brake defects. If a defective parking brake caused this accident, the victim could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages (if applicable), cost of hospitalization or even long-term care. Victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact a reputed Orange County personal injury lawyer, who has successfully handled vehicle defect cases, especially parking brake defect cases. The best auto product defect law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.

The BISNAR|CHASE personal injury law firm is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.