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SUV rollover death leads to $1 million product liability lawsuit

Survivors of an accident, which occurred on March 30 involving a 2005 Dodge Durango, filed a $1 million plus lawsuit in Galveston County District Court on Dec. 2. The deadly rollover accident, which occurred on I-45 South, was allegedly caused by the delamination of a left rear tire on the SUV. One person in the vehicle, a female passenger, was killed in the accident. She and a male passenger were ejected from the vehicle in spite of the fact that they were allegedly appropriately strapped in with their seat belts.

The surviving family members are claiming that, in addition to the wrongful death of their family member, they are suffering from debilitating and serious injuries caused by the SUV rollover. They are alleging that the Dodge Durango was sorely lacking in acceptable crash-worthiness protection systems, including suitable electronic stability control, seat belt restraints, rollover occupant protection and airbag protection.

The lawsuit names Chrysler Group LLC and the man they purchased the vehicle from as co-defendants. The plaintiffs and their attorney are seeking a jury trial and the $1 million plus in damages. A judge in the Galveston County 212th District Court will be hearing the case.

When anyone in Texas purchases a new or used vehicle, whether from a large dealership or a small one, it is naturally assumed that the vehicle will be equipped with proper safety equipment to protect the occupants in the event of an accident. When a vehicle turns out to be a defective product, anyone who is injured or loses a loved one because of the defect could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering or final expenses.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Family alleges vehicle’s defects contributed to deadly accident", John Suayan, December 05, 2013

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