Sport Utility Vehicle: Occupant Restraint Unlatching of Seatbelt
FACTS & ALLEGATIONS:
Danny Doe, 43 was a belted passenger in a 1995 Chevrolet Suburban sport utility vehicle. Another vehicle, driven by an uninsured motorist, failed to yield at a stop sign and collided with the SUV. The SUV rolled over and Doe was ejected. He suffered a closed head injury, broken ankle and a herniated lumbar disk. Doe’s medical expenses totaled approximately $86,000. The owner and manager of a waste control company earning about $50,000 annually, Doe missed two years of work following the incident.
Doe sued the SUV manufacturer , alleging the JDC brand seat belt in the vehicle was defective. Specifically, plaintiff alleged the buckle was susceptible to a false latch condition, and that it could unbuckle when subjected to inertial forces. Plaintiff further contended that the belt was insufficient to withstand collision forces and failed to conform to design specifications.
RESULT: The case was settled pre-trial
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.