Pickup Rollover Ejects Young Boy And Permanently Disables Him


On Oct. 10, 2001, plaintiffs Amanda Doe, 24, and her son, William, 5, were riding in a 1986 Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by Kenneth Wayne Klima in Upshur County, when the vehicle rolled over multiple times.

The passengers sued Klima and General Motors Corp., alleging that Klima was negligent and that the pickup’s restraint system failed, causing the child to be ejected.  They alleged that the vehicle’s design and manufacturing defects included improper geometry of the vehicle, which decreased stability and created an unreasonably dangerous propensity to rollover under normal and foreseeable operating conditions and events.  They also alleged that the pickup’s wheels and axles and its occupant restraint and occupant retention systems were defective.


William Doe sustained a closed-head injury, resulting in permanent disability.

RESULT: At mediation, settlement was reached with the defendants for a confidential amount.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of others, contact the Houston seat belt defect 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.