FACTS & ALLEGATIONS:
Marcia Doe, 60, was driving a 2000 Isuzu Trooper SUV when the vehicle rolled over. The roof crushed in on the driver’s side, and the tempered glass shattered. Although Doe’s seat belt was latched, her head was partially ejected from the vehicle. She suffered fatal trauma injuries to her head and neck. Doe, who was retired at the time of her death is survived by her husband.
Doe’s husband, individually and on her estate’s behalf, sued Isuzu alleging the vehicle was uncrashworthy because of the defects in the seat belt system, roof and tempered glass.
Specifically, plaintiffs claimed the driver’s seat belt system had allowed for excessive movement during the rollover, causing Doe to contact structures and objects inside and outside of the vehicle. Also, the roof was not strong enough to support the forces of a rollover, compromising her survival space and finally, the tempered glass in combination with the collapsing roof allowed partial ejection of Doe’s head.
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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.