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Chevy Pickup Burst Into Flames When Broadsided


On April 6, 2003, plaintiffs’ decedent William Doe, 22, a carpenter, was operating his 1974 Chevrolet pickup northbound on FM 1485 in Conroe when his truck was broadsided by a another pickup truck driven by Cindy Jackson.  Doe’s pickup burst into flames, killing him.

Doe’s estate and his survivors, sued General Motors Corp., makers of the Chevrolet pickup, in products liability, claiming that design defects made the vehicle overly vulnerable to fire and prone to explosion.  In particular, the plaintiffs alleged that placement of the gas tank outside of the frame rails made the pickup prone to fire if hit from the side, arguing that the design left the fuel tank negligently exposed to impact.

Doe died of smoke inhalation and burns.  His estate claimed loss of 40 years of carpenter’s wages, loss of enjoyment of life and funeral expenses.  His mother, wife and daughter claimed loss of companionship, support and guidance.

RESULT: The plaintiffs and General Motors settled for an amount which General Motors required to be kept confidential.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of others, call the Houston truck accident attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm today for a free consultation.

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.

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