A 40-year-old mother was driving a GMC Jimmy on a four-lane road with a grass median. The vehicle’s left tires briefly departed from the left side of the roadway, the woman successfully regained the roadway, but the Jimmy skidded out of control and rolled over on the flat, dry pavement. Although properly wearing her seat belt, the woman was partially ejected through a window that had broken out during the crash. She died at the scene.
Plaintiffs alleged that the Jimmy’s narrow track width and high center of gravity made it highly unstable and prone to rolling over. It was also claimed in the lawsuit that the Jimmy was not crashworthy in the event of a rollover. Specifically, the Plaintiffs pointed to the vehicle’s weak roof structure which they claimed ranked near the bottom of all vehicles analyzed in a study of the amount of weight needed to crush a roof 5 inches. In the rollover at issue, Plaintiffs alleged the Jimmy’s roof collapsed onto her, pushing her headfirst into the crushing roof structure and then out the window where it came into contact with the road.
General Motors decided to settle the case instead of facing a trial.
At the defendant’s insistence, the amount of the settlement is confidential.
The Ammons Law Firm is located in Houston, Texas, and practices personal injury law, including cases involving: tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, seatback defects, airbag defects, SUV rollovers, and workplace negligence.