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Mithoff Law has represented clients involved in many different types of vehicle accidents, including single-vehicle collisions, unintended acceleration incidents, tire de-treads or rollovers, multi-vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers or other commercial vehicles, auto-pedestrian collisions, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, and vehicle fires.  In each case, we consult with engineers and experts, who can reconstruct the accident scene or vehicle and provide us with an explanation of contributing factors—including negligence, breach of state or federal motor carrier safety regulations, and design or manufacturing defects—in virtually any transportation-related case.

Through our work in this field, we advocate for changes in the automotive industry to improve the quality and safety of our transportation system and, more importantly, to try to prevent avoidable incidents from occurring to others.

Examples of the recent work done by Mithoff Law:

Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff and Sherie Beckman are representing Harris County, Texas in its suit against Volkswagen seeking civil penalties for violations of the Texas Clean Air Act and other environmental laws. Harris County alleges that Volkswagen installed software on certain vehicle models that allowed the vehicles' emission components to detect when the vehicles were being tested for compliance with emissions standards.  During testing, the vehicles would produce emission levels compliant with state and federal emissions standards. In normal operations, however, the vehicles would emit contaminants such as nitrous oxide, a known contributor to respiratory problems, well in excess of applicable emissions limits.  At the time of filing suit on September 29, 2015, an on-going Harris County investigation estimated that Volkswagen sold at least 6,000 of the fraudulently manipulated emission control vehicles in Harris County. The case is presently pending in the 234th District Court of Harris County, Texas, and is believed to be the first such environmental suit brought by a governmental entity against Volkswagen. Civil penalties for violations of the applicable environmental statutes could run into the tens of millions of dollars or more.

Mithoff Law represents the surviving spouse and children of a cyclist who was killed when the bicycle collided with a truck and trailer owned and operated by The Brickman Group, which holds itself out as the largest commercial landscape maintenance firm in the United States.  Plaintiffs allege that The Brickman Group was negligent in its operation of the truck and trailer involved in the collision.  Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff and Janie Jordan represent the Plaintiffs.

Mithoff Law represents a truck driver who was injured as a result of a multi-truck collision involving a truck operated by Sunrise Trucking.  Plaintiff alleges that Sunrise Trucking negligently entrusted the truck to its driver, and that the driver was negligent in his operation of the truck.  Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff and Janie Jordan represent the Plaintiff.

Mithoff Law represents a motorist who sustained severe injuries, including paraplegia, as a result of a rollover of a Nissan Titan pickup that was driving along a stretch of state highway under construction.  The roadway in question was under excavation, and had an unmarked substantial drop-off into dirt, gravel, and/or caliche.  Plaintiff alleges that certain roadway contractors were negligent with respect to their operations on or near the roadway.  Plaintiff also alleges that the Nissan Titan pickup in question was defective and unreasonably dangerous, due in part to a lack of electronic stability control.  Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Janie Jordan, and Warner Hocker represent the Plaintiff.

Mithoff Law represents a motorist who sustained serious and permanent injuries, including paraplegia, when the motorist’s Nissan Titan truck rolled over during the course of driving along a roadway that was under construction, where the roadway surface had been excavated with a drop-off into dirt and/or gravel.  Plaintiff has asserted negligence claims against the roadway contractor, SMC Builders, Inc., and the Texas Department of Transportation, and has asserted design, manufacturing, marketing, stability, handling, instruction, and warning product defect claims against Nissan.  The suit is presently pending in state district court in Travis County,Texas.  Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Janie Jordan, Joseph R. Alexander, Jr., and Warner Hocker represent the Plaintiff.

Mithoff Law represented the occupants of a Chrysler minivan that was involved in a frontal offset collision with another vehicle at highway speeds. Some of the minivan occupants were killed as a result of the collision, and other occupants suffered serious injuries, including paraplegia.  Plaintiffs alleged that the minivan—including structural components and component parts such as the safety cage, seats, and seat-belts—was defectively designed, thereby affecting the vehicle’s crashworthiness. Plaintiffs also alleged that the driver of the other vehicle was negligent with respect to the operation of that vehicle. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff and Sherie Beckman represented the Plaintiffs.

Mithoff Law represented a man who suffered serious injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, when his motorcycle was struck in a multi-vehicle collision. Plaintiffs alleged that the driver of a tractor-trailer and the driver of another vehicle negligently operated their respective vehicles, thereby causing the multi-vehicle collision. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff and Janie Jordan represented the Plaintiffs.

Mithoff Law represented a woman who suffered serious injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, when her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer. Plaintiffs alleged that the trucking company’s driver negligently operated the tractor-trailer by, among other acts, failing to yield the right of way at an intersection. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial.  Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Janie Jordan and David Burrow represented the Plaintiffs.

Mithoff Law represented the wrongful death beneficiaries and estate of a woman who was killed when her stopped vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer. Plaintiffs alleged that the trucking company was negligent in failing to properly screen, test and qualify drivers, in its employment and retention of drivers, and in failing to properly train and supervise drivers. Plaintiffs also alleged that the driver of the tractor-trailer negligently operated his vehicle. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff and Janie Jordan represented the Plaintiffs.

Mithoff Law represented a man who was seriously injured when his vehicle was struck by a truck and trailer that ran a red light. Plaintiffs alleged that the truck driver’s employer was negligent in, among other acts, failing to properly screen, hire, train, monitor and supervise its driver, and in permitting violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Texas Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Plaintiffs also alleged that the driver of the truck and trailer was negligent in his operation of the vehicle. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial.  Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff and Janie Jordan represented the Plaintiffs.

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