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.