People trust that their vehicles will keep them safe. They know that car accidents happen, but they probably believe that they are usually due to the actions of a driver. Most people here in Kentucky likely don’t consider the possibility that their vehicle could injure them through no fault of their own or another driver’s. However, that is exactly what representatives for an out-of-state man argued to a jury, who returned a verdict in the plaintiff’s favor in a recent products liability claim.
The 24-year-old man in question was in a rollover crash back in 2015. He was a passenger in a Ford SUV that rolled over after the driver attempted to avoid hitting an animal on the road. The driver lost control of the SUV and as it rolled, the man was knocked out. His spine snapped during the accident and he was paralyzed.
The man’s attorneys asserted that Ford knew that this type of SUV had a tendency to roll over, but that the company did not take proper measures to ensure consumer safety. The plaintiff alleged that the SUV was poorly designed and that Ford paid a great deal of money to cover up its mistake. The jury sided with the man and awarded him over $151 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
Hopefully, no one will ever have to endure what this young man has suffered due to the negligence of an automaker. However, anyone here in Kentucky who has been injured or lost a loved one to a defective vehicle has legal options that they may not have considered. A knowledgeable attorney who has experience litigating products liability claims can help an affected family through this kind of tragic event.