Faulty Tire, Poor Vehicle Design Leads to Rollover and Serious Injuries to SUV Occupants
FACTS & ALLEGATIONS:
Ofelia Perrett, 43, was the front seat passenger in a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac SUV. While the SUV was traveling in the left lane of a highway in Mexico, the right rear tire, a BF Goodrich Long Trail, suffered a tread separation. The Explorer began to yaw clockwise and crossed the right lane onto the shoulder. The SUV then rolled over, coming to rest on its wheels.
Perrett’s adult son, as guardian on her behalf, together with her husband, her minor son, and her daughter Glenda sued Michelin, the manufacturer of the tire. The plaintiffs alleged that the tire suffered catastrophic tread-belt separation as a result of insufficient adhesion between the rubber skim interfaces of the steel belts.
The Perretts also alleged that the tire lacked a nylon cap ply, which would have reduced stress on the belt edges and helped prevent separation.
Finally, the Perretts claimed that the Explorer Sport Trac lacked adequate roof crush resistance and it was not crashworthy.
INJURIES & DAMAGES
Perrett suffered a closed-head injury and spinal fractures at C5-T1, resulting in quadriplegia. She has no function or sensation from the neck down and requires assistance with most daily living activities.
RESULT: Both Ford Motor Company and Michelin offered confidential settlements that were acceptable to the Plaintiffs.
Rob Ammons is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in addition to being Board Certified in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Rob Ammons’ law practice, The Ammons Law Firm, is located in Houston, Texas. The Ammons Law Firm practice is exclusively personal injury law, handling such cases as: tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, airbag defects, SUV rollovers and workplace negligence.