Watkins & Eager offers unparalleled experience in the defense of domestic and foreign manufacturers of automotive, heavy equipment, and recreational vehicles. We have successfully defended hundreds of automotive product liability lawsuits involving a wide range of allegations of product defect, including vehicle rollovers, electrical fires, air bag functionality, sudden vehicle acceleration, restraint effectiveness, and vehicle crash-worthiness. Some of these cases involved individual claims, and others were multiple plaintiff cases or class actions.
In defending such cases, our lawyers work closely with engineers and other outside consultants to thoroughly understand the technical aspects of the case, so as to understand and articulate to a court or jury the manufacturing process at issue; the basis for a particular product design; product warnings at issue; and in some cases, to articulate why product failure resulted from product misuse. Many of these cases involve claims of wrongful death or serious personal injury.
The firm has served as state, regional, and national counsel for manufacturers of automotive products, heavy trucks, lift trucks, heavy machinery, tires, construction equipment, ATVs, and agricultural equipment. We also represent major component suppliers in Mississippi, Alabama, and nationally.