The Ammons Law Firm has successfully negotiated the settlement of a wrongful death case against Ford on behalf of the wife and three young children of a 41-year-old Arizona man who sustained fatal injuries when the roof of his pickup collapsed during a rollover crash.
The husband and father were driving his Ford F150 on a Phoenix highway when he was struck in the rear by a large SUV. The collision caused the pickup to first strike a guardrail and then roll over onto its roof. Responders found the driver still belted inside the overturned pickup. The vehicle's roof had completely collapsed, leaving the man next to no survival space. In fact, the man's entire head and upper torso were forced out of the shattered side window and became trapped between the roof and the ground. An autopsy revealed the man had suffered blunt force head and neck trauma that caused his death.
According to Ammons, the F150 was not crashworthy in the event of a rollover because its roof was weak and its side windows were made of tempered glass that shatters and vacates the window openings in rollovers. While Ford did not conduct dynamic rollover testing of its F series vehicles, it had access to the results of others' testing that showed the F150's roof was not strong enough to withstand the weight of the vehicle in a rollover without seriously compromising the survival space of its occupants. The weak roof, as well as the window glass that failed to provide occupant containment benefits, rendered the vehicle uncrashworthy.
"Ford has known for a long time that many of its vehicles' roof structures are exposing consumers to an unnecessary risk of injury, but it continues to build and sell vehicles with roofs that will collapse in rollover crashes," says Ammons.
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.