Auto manufacturers are responsible for implementing the design and manufacturing precautions necessary to minimize the chances that their vehicles will become involved in a rollover accident. In the event a rollover accident does occur, then vehicle makers must make sure that the structure of the auto can withstand the crash and that there are safety precautions in place to prevent vehicle occupants from suffering serious injuries. Rollover accident victims and their families may be entitled to products liability or wrongful death compensation if a car maker could have done more during the design or manufacture of the vehicle to minimize the seriousness of future injuries.
Last month, the family of TV anchorwoman Polly Gonzalez filed a wrongful
death lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. The plaintiffs contend that not only
did the seat she was sitting on fail to work correctly, but the roof of
the Ford Explorer was not sturdy enough to survive a rollover accident.
Gonzales’s two children were also injured in the motor vehicle crash.
In an unrelated lawsuit, a man who became a paraplegic after his 2005
Chevrolet Colorado rolled over is suing General Motors Corporation and
Davis-Barr Chevrolet Pontiac, Inc. for his spinal cord injuries. In his
automotive products liability lawsuit, the man claims that the seat belt
and seat of his vehicle malfunctioned. He also contends that General Motors
Corp. failed to provide him with the standard of care and duty he was
owed when the company failed to exercise reasonable care in the design,
manufacture, testing, marketing, and sales of the vehicle he was riding
in, as well as neglected to provide appropriate warnings.
Another man, who is now a quadriplegic, is suing Volkwagen for his personal
injury from a 2002 auto accident. Owen Milne is seeking an unspecified
amount of compensation for products liability and personal injury because
the 1999 Jetta he was a passenger in flipped over as his then fianc√©,
Rebecca Beisswenger, swerved the car to avoid crashing into a vehicle
that passed them on a curve in a no-passing zone.
Beisswenger lost control of the car, which rolled over a number of times
down an embankment and back onto the highway. The support beams that were
supposed to hold up the roof of the Jetta’s passenger side collapsed.
Milne suffered a vertebrae fracture and his neck became compressed. The
seat belt he was wearing failed to keep him securely in his seat. Mline’s
personal injury lawsuit claims the 1999 Volkwagen Jetta was defectively
designed and not capable of keeping its structural integrity during a
South Burlington man sues VW alleging Jettas are unsafe, BurlingtonFreePress.com, January 18, 2009
Lawsuit Filed in Arkansas Roll Over Accident That Left Man Paraplegic, The Open Press, January 24, 2009
Family of Vegas TV anchor suing Ford over crash, Mercury News, January 25, 2009
Related Web Resources:
Rollover Information and Prevention, Consumers Union