This case represents an issue that we at Barr & Mudford are passionate about: Automobile manufacturers have a responsibility for making sure the automobile passenger compartment is not compromised in an accident, and that passengers are contained within the vehicle.
In this case, a young girl was killed when the car she was riding in was struck by a driver high on methamphetamine.
The car rolled over and when the roof crushed, the side window next to her broke away.
And even though she was wearing a seat belt, the belt was not able to keep the upper part of her body from extending through the broken window, resulting in her death.
We showed in this case that the auto manufacturer was responsible because side windows should be made with safety glass in the same way that windshields are, and that current seat belts don’t always keep the occupant safe.
Passengers that are ejected from an automobile almost always experience severe injury or death.
By holding manufacturers accountable for automobile passenger safety, the end result is safer vehicle design that benefits us all.
This case was settled for $500,000.