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A fatal rollover accident in Texarkana led to aTexas wrongful death lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company. 

The accident took place on May 30, 2010. Sandra Louise Smith and Rosemary Johnson were traveling down Interstate 30 in a 2003 Ford Expedition when, according to the suit, the left rear tire failed and caused the vehicle to pitch to one side and roll over. 

Johnson was seriously injured, as she was partially ejected from the vehicle despite wearing her seat belt. Smith was killed in the accident. 

Mohammed Aref, the deceased woman’s husband, filed the suit against Ford Motor Co. on January 17 with Johnson as a co-plaintiff. The complaint states that the vehicle was defective, dangerous and was a direct cause Smith’s death and Johnson’s injuries.

Ford faces a number of accusations from the injured parties, including negligence, failure to manufacture a crashworthy vehicle, and failure to mitigate the risks of passenger ejections during rollovers by the use of rollover protection. The suit details missing rollover safety features that could have saved Smith’s life: side curtain airbags,ABTS seat design, electronic stability control, laminated glass rather than tempered glass, and seat belt pretensioners.

Johnson hopes to recover damages for physical pain and impairment, mental anguish, disfigurement and medical care. Aref is seeking compensation for his wife’s pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of inheritance and funeral and burial expenses, as well as the non-economic losses of companionship, society, and consortium. The plaintiffs are requesting a jury trial.

Our Galena Park wrongful death attorneys wish to extend our sincere condolences to the victim’s family, and hope that justice is swiftly served for the plaintiffs in this case.

For more information from a Texas injury attorney with a track record of success, call Vujasinovic & Beckcom today at (877) 724-7800 or fill out the online contact form at the top of this page. 

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