A lawsuit has been filed in the case of a rollover accident that took the life of a Mount Vernon couple’s son. The accident happened this past May when Gregory Divin, the couple’s son, was driving east on US Highway 67 in Morris County. Divan lost control of the vehicle, a 1996 Ford Ranger, and went into a side skid.
The vehicle rolled over during the skid, ejecting Divin. The lawsuit states that Divin was thrown from the vehicle despite the fact that he was wearing his seat belt when the crash happened. According to the lawsuit, the restraint system in the Ford Ranger failed, which caused Divin to be ejected.
The lawsuit was filed against Ford Motor Company and TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Incorporated. Both defendants are accused of manufacturing an unreasonably dangerous and defective vehicle. According to the lawsuit, the webbing of the seat belt did not comply with federal statutes. In addition, the seat belt’s effectiveness and crashworthiness was destroyed when the webbing tore apart.
The lawsuit is seeking a variety of damages for the parents, who filed on behalf of their son’s estate. They are seeking damages for disfigurement, conscious physical and emotional pain, torment, mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of care, maintenance, support, services, advice, counsel, reasonable contributions of a pecuniary value, loss of companionship and society, loss of consortium, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of inheritance. The suit also asks for medical, funeral and burial expenses, as well as interest and court costs.