Arizona Tire Tread Separation Accident Victims' Families Awarded $14.4 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jan 14, 2011 in Defective Products
When people take their vehicles to a dealership for servicing, they are generally conditioned to trust that the work that's been done has been handled properly. Unfortunately, when things go wrong they can go very wrong, and tragically, that's what took place in 2006 when the parents of three boys were killed in a one-vehicle Arizona car accident that occurred because a tire on the vehicle the family was driving should have been replaced and wasn't. These are the situations where the help of Arizona defective products lawyers is critical. A brief overview of the case appears below.
Auto Accident Defective Tire Was Not Replaced
In 2005, Casey Barber took his Ford van into Mossy Ford because there was a problem with his right-rear tire. The repair staff at the dealership decided to attempt to repair the tire instead of replacing it. About a year later, Mr. Barber and his wife were passengers in the vehicle as they drove through Arizona. Suddenly, a tire blowout occurred and the van rolled over. Both Casey Barber and his wife Melanie were killed in the crash, leaving behind three sons who were all 8 years old and younger.
Defective Products and Wrongful Death Lawsuits
As a result of this tragedy, wrongful death lawyers representing the three sons filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several parties, including the dealership that performed the repairs. The court ruled that the dealership should have replaced the tire instead of attempting to repair it, and a verdict of $14.4 million was awarded. There was also a pre-trial settlement with one of the defendants, which means that the boys recovered more than $19 million overall. These damages were meant to compensate the survivors for the lost income and loss of companionship they incurred as a result of this incident.
If you have lost someone you love because of the use of a defective product, you need to seek the help of personal injury lawyers who have been successfully defending the rights of grieving families for many years. Contact Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.