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Georgia Jury Awards 1.7 Billion Dollars in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Ford Motor Company


August 23, 2022

According to an online accident news story published on nypost.com, a jury has awarded a family 1.7 billion dollars in compensatory damages in a rollover crash wrongful death lawsuit against Ford Motor Company. The Georgia jury awarded the largest monetary verdict in state history in the wrongful death lawsuit arising from a 2014 rollover accident that tragically killed a Georgia couple.

The news report states that a Gwinnett County jury has ruled in favor of the victims' children, who filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Ford Motor Company. The lawsuit alleged that the couple was tragically killed in a pickup truck rollover accident caused by a tire that blew out, leading to the crash. In 2014, the couple was riding in their Ford Super Duty F-250 pickup to pick up a tractor part. At some point, one of the truck's tires blew out, and the Ford Super Duty F-250 pickup rolled over onto its roof, which collapsed, tragically killing the couple. The lawsuit alleged that Ford sold more than 5 million "Super Duty" trucks that had defective, weak roofs that could crush occupants during a rollover accident. The jury determined that Ford was negligent and sold "Super Duty" trucks with "weak." The flaw affected all "Super Duty" pickup trucks manufactured from 1999 until 2016.

Plaintiff's Attorneys presented evidence during the trial that showed that there had been nearly 80 similar roof collapse incidents. Many of these incidents resulted in roof collapses, causing injuries or deaths. Ford has also refused to issue a safety recall to fix the issue, attorneys for the plaintiff stated. The Ford Motor Company has declined to report how many of these roof collapse incidents have happened. 

The lawsuit also named Pep Boys as a defendant. The lawsuit alleged that Pep Boys installed the wrong size tires on the pickup truck, which caused to tire to explode.

The Georgia jury awarded over $24 million to the Plaintiffs for their parent's pain and suffering as well as their wrongful deaths. The jury decided that Pep Boys was 30% at fault for the fatal crash. 

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Source:

https://nypost.com/2022/08/20/jury-slams-ford-with-1-7b-verdict-over-deadly-2014-crash/

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