SUV Rollover:Passenger Paralyzed When Roof Caves In
FACTS & ALLEGATIONS:
Colleen Doe, a 19 year old pharmacy technician, was the belted right front passenger in her family’s 2001 GMC Tahoe being driven by her mother when it hit a patch of black ice and rolled over. The roof of the SUV collapsed, and Colleen was trapped inside the compromised occupant compartment of the vehicle, still in her seatbelt.
Doe sued GMC because the Tahoe’s roof was not built strong enough to withstand the vehicle’s weight in a rollover. The roof over Colleen’s seat crushed almost all the way to the dash. Plaintiffs also alleged GMC was negligent in failing to perform dynamic rollover testing.
INJURIES & DAMAGES:
Colleen is tetraplegic. She sustained a C5-6 fracture in her neck with swelling and spinal cord injury. She also sustained a compression fracture at L2 in her lower back. She has some sensation below the level of injury but no motor function.
RESULT: Plaintiffs reached a settlement with GMC and are required to keep the amount confidential.
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.