$2.5 Million - Young Woman dies in Motor Vehicle Accident Due to Defect in Automobile.

Young Woman dies in Motor Vehicle Accident Due to Defect in Automobile

Resulting in $2.5 Million Dollar Award

On June 9, 2002, Plaintiff was tragically killed as a result of an SUV rollover accident. The vehicle's roof crushed and the seatbelt system failed, resulting in the Plaintiff being partially ejected onto the highway during the rollover. The Plaintiff was survived by three minor children. The lawsuit, against the vehicle manufacturer, alleged that the SUV was dangerously defective, because it did not have a sufficiently strong roof, the seatbelt system was defective, and the vehicle manufacturer should have used laminated glass in the side window to help prevent partial ejection.

Preparation for trial was extensive, involving numerous documents and depositions as well as the development of complicated expert testimony in the areas of vehicle engineering, accident reconstruction, biomechanics, economic damages and the effect of federal traffic safety regulations. Trial was expected to last three weeks and each side identified more than 500 trial exhibits. Trial commenced before the Honorable Judge John Milton Younge and a jury was selected on September 29, 2006. Approximately 40 Motions in Limine were filed and argued. On October 4, 2006, prior to opening speeches, Judge Younge recommended and the parties agreed to a settlement in the amount of $2.5 million dollars for the Plaintiff's Estate and her three children.