It’s hard to get by in today’s world without a vehicle of some sort. We rely on them to get us to and from work, to pick up our children, and to handle our weekly errands. When car makers fail to design cars in a safe way, however, it puts all of us at risk of getting hurt. There are many different rules that car makers have to follow to make sure that cars are as safe as they can be, but sometimes the companies don’t follow the rules. They also fail to perform the right tests on cars in other cases, which means they don’t know whether the car will be safe on the road, especially in bad weather, heavy traffic, or rough road conditions.
In February, a jury in Alabama issued a verdict in favor of a plaintiff who was injured in a rollover accident in an SUV in 2015. The plaintiff was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The driver swerved to avoid hitting an animal that was in the road and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The SUV rolled two times before it landed on the side of the road.
As a result of the accident, the plaintiff was paralyzed and now requires constant help with daily tasks like dressing, bathing, and eating. The defendant in the case was the company that designed, manufactured, and sold the SUV. The jury awarded the plaintiff $51,791,000 million in damages for his injuries including things like medical expenses and lost wages.
The jury also awarded $100 million in punitive damages against the defendant. Punitive damages are meant to punish a defendant who does something in an intentional or reckless way. The jury found that the defendant ignored its own safety guidelines when it created this particular model of SUV. It did not ensure that the SUV had enough resistance to rollover accidents. The jury also concluded that the defendant tried to cover up the fact that it did not follow these safety guidelines by destroying safety documents.
If you were hurt in an accident and you think that the design of the car is to blame, we can help you explore your potential claim. In a product liability lawsuit, the plaintiff has to prove that the vehicle maker did not make the car in a safe enough way. This usually means that the plaintiff has to find experts to help investigate the situation and to testify on his or her behalf. We have a strong network of experts who can consult on your case and help you get the compensation that you deserve.
We will be glad to schedule a free consultation so that you can learn more about the law and whether you have a potential lawsuit against a car manufacturer or other defendant. To schedule your appointment, call us at 256-355-3311 or contact us online.