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LAKESHORE: Michael Shubin Died In Car Accident On Kaiser Pass Road After Jeep’s Emergency Brake Failed


Jul 19, 2019

Michael Shubin Lakeshore: Michael Shubin Of Orange County Died In Fresno Car Accident On Kaiser Pass Road After Jeep’s Emergency Brake Failed

LAKESHORE, CALIFORNIA  (July 19, 2019) – A 74-year-old man identified as Michael Shubin has tragically died in a car accident on Kaiser Pass Road after the emergency brakes on his Jeep failed.

Fresno County police are saying that the accident took place around 2:45 p.m. not far from Forest Service Road. Michael Shubin was attempting to stop his vehicle from rolling forward when his emergency brakes failed. 

For reasons that remain under investigation, the Jeep overturned on Kaiser Pass Road. Michael Shubin was either run over by the Jeep or caught in between a Jeep and a boulder. 

A 17-year-old girl and a 75-year-old woman survived the crash. An investigation into the fatal accident remains ongoing at this point.

Brake Failure Causes

According to ASIRT, “Nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day. An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled. More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44. Each year nearly 400,000 people under 25 die on the world’s roads, on average over 1,000 a day.” Many of these accidents are caused by brake failures. Here are just a few of the common reasons that brake failures occur: 

  • Overheating Brake Pads
  • Damaged Rotor Disks
  • Leaking Hydraulic Fluid
  • Driving Through Mud or Water
  • Loss of Hydraulic Brake Fluid Pressure

A brake failure can come on quickly without warning. These accidents tend to happen on steep stretches of road that put a lot of pressure on the brake pads. Victims are often left with serious and costly injuries. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for a brake collapse accident.

Liability In Brake Failure Accidents

Companies like Jeep have a legal responsibility to design cars that are reasonably safe. If a vehicle malfunctions and causes a rider to be injured or killed, the car manufacturer could be held liable through a product liability claim. Courts in California will typically use the risk/benefit test and the consumer expectations test when handling these types of claims. Product manufacturers will typically be liable if there is a risk of inherent danger in the design of their product. 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the manufacturers of Jeep, have come under fire in recent years after it has been revealed that many of their vehicles have had brake problems. Over 900,000 cars have been recalled for this very issue. According to NBC News, “The U.S. side of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to recall nearly 900,000 recent sport-utility vehicles because of potential brake problems that could become especially severe in colder climates.” The family of “Star Trek” actor  Anton Yelchin has recently settled a lawsuit with Chrysler after the victim was pinned and killed by his Jeep when the brakes failed. 

The family of any victim that died in a car accident after a brake failure may have legal recourse under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can cover medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and emotional trauma. Unfortunately, car companies will often fight hard to deny liability when one of their cars malfunctions. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A Brake Failure Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Michael Shubin. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the CHP as they continue their investigation. Chrysler needs to make sure that it is building cars that are safe for consumers to drive.  

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a car accident you may have legal recourse. There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that companies are held accountable for their actions. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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