The Ammons Law Firm has successfully negotiated a settlement with Ford in wrongful death and personal injury case filed on behalf of the husband and children of a Nebraska woman whose 2002 Ford Explorer rolled over.
The woman was driving the Explorer down an Oklahoma highway when she began to change lanes. Discovering that lane was already occupied, she steered the Explorer back into its original lane, but the vehicle began swerving uncontrollably, crossed the highway’s lanes and rolled over.
According to Ammons, the Explorer is unstable and handles poorly in emergency steer situations. In the suit filed against Ford, he claimed that the rollover would have been prevented had the vehicle been equipped with a safety feature called electronic stability control (ESC). This feature uses sensors to compare the driver’s intended trajectory to the direction in which a vehicle is actually traveling. When impending loss of control is detected, it immediately applies the brakes on one side or one corner so that the vehicle is returned to its intended path.
It was also claimed in the lawsuit that the Explorer is not crashworthy, meaning occupants of the vehicle can suffer extra injuries unnecessarily in accidents. Ammons claims the Explorer does not provide adequate occupant protection in rollovers because its roof is weak, its seat belts do not lock and stay locked, the side windows shatter and vacate their frames, and there is no roll-activated side curtain airbag to keep occupants completely inside the vehicle as it rolls. As a result of these shortcomings, Ammons’ clients were partially ejected through the broken out windows and also made harmful contact with the roof as it collapsed over them.
According to the lawsuit, the woman died of head trauma while her husband and two sons, who were passengers in the vehicle, sustained head, chest and extremity injuries. A third child, a grown daughter who was not in the vehicle, was also a Plaintiff in the suit. Each of the Plaintiffs sought wrongful death damages, and all were compensated. Ford insisted the amount of the settlement remain confidential.
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’s 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.