CVN screenshot of plaintiff’s attorney Bill Robins delivering his opening statement
Las Vegas, NV – A Nevada state court jury heard opening statements Monday in a lawsuit alleging that the allegedly faulty design of a Nissan SUV caused the deaths of three passengers in a rollover accident, and the proceedings are webcast hammer to hammer by Courtroom View Network.
The families of Kewal Singh, Jasvir Kaur and Nirbhai Singh sued Nissan in 2017 following a 2017 accident on a California highway where a vehicle hit another car which then collided with the subject of the lawsuit , a 2004 model Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle.
Plaintiffs’ attorney Bill Robins of Robins Cloud alleged in his opening statement that the Xterra lacks a safety system known as “Vehicle Dynamic Control” that can help keep a vehicle upright. if it experiences excessive yaw following an impact.
Robins argued that Nissan failed to perform adequate rollover tests on the Xterra and that the seat belt system also failed to properly restrain passengers.
Nissan attorney Thomas Klein of Klein Thomas & Lee told jurors that the Xterra met all applicable federal safety standards and that liability for fatalities in the crash rested solely with the driver who caused the initial crash. .
CVN screenshot of defense attorney Thomas Klein delivering his opening statement
Klein argued that vehicle dynamic control, while not necessary to comply with regulatory requirements, would not have prevented a rollover in this type of collision. He also told jurors that the evidence would show the plaintiffs were not wearing their seat belts properly at the time of the accident, which Robins disputed in his opening statement.
The trial before Judge David Jones is expected to last 3-4 weeks and CVN will remain present throughout the proceedings.
The case is captioned Maninder Singh, et al. vs. Nissan Motor Company LTD., et al., Case Number A-17-751024-C in the Court for the Eighth Judicial District of Nevada in Clark County.
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