Victims of Uncrashworthy Pickup Compensated by GM and Dealership

Rollover attorney Rob Ammons secured a settlement for an Arkansas couple who sustained spinal injuries when their 1999 Chevrolet Silverado rolled over during a family trip.

In the lawsuit he filed, Rob Ammons claimed the Silverado’s roof and seat belts failed to perform adequately in the rollover, making the pickup uncrashworthy. The couple was injured – the husband so badly that he is now paraplegic – when the pickup’s roof collapsed and the seat belts failed to maintain the occupants in contact with their seats as the vehicle rolled. This scene photo shows that the driver’s survival space within the vehicle was drastically compromised by the degree of crush sustained by the weak roof structure.

A GM dealership was also sued because of the negligent pre-trip inspection and maintenance service it performed. While a tire rotation was to be included in the service, dealership personnel deemed it unnecessary because the best two tires were on the front axle. However, it is well-known in the auto industry that the safest configuration is to have the tires with the deepest tread on the rear axle. It was alleged in the lawsuit that the dealership’s negligence in failing to reposition the tires caused the loss of traction that precipitated the tragic rollover.

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.

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