Quadriplegic Crash Victim Awarded $37 Million Over Poorly Designed Honda Seat Belts

Quadriplegic Crash Victim Awarded $37 Million Over Poorly Designed Honda Seat Belts

在2月份, a Dallas jury awarded $37 million to a woman who sued Honda after being paralyzed in a major auto accident. 诉讼指控本田汽车的安全带设计不当.

判决结果 源于2015年的一场车祸,受害者, 然后是俄克拉何马州立大学在德克萨斯州休假的学生, 和她的几个朋友在达拉斯被优步接走了. That Uber was an uninsured Honda Odyssey minivan which was later broadsided by a pickup truck after it ran a red light. 作为碰撞的结果, 小货车翻滚着,落在车顶上, and the young woman suffered a broken neck which rendered her quadriplegic and in need of 24-hour care.

尽管Uber的问题是秘密解决的, the woman and her attorneys pursued a civil personal injury lawsuit against Honda. 根据他们的要求, the two-part seat belt in the Honda Odyssey’s third row – where the victim was sitting – was designed in such a way that it was confusing and counter-intuitive for any passenger unfamiliar with the vehicle.

为了说明本田的两部分安全带系统是如何设计得很糟糕, the victim’s attorneys conducted an independent study in which dozens of people were asked to enter a Honda Odyssey and use the seat belt without any instruction. The findings of that test, as plaintiffs’ lawyers presented to the jury at trial, were shocking:

  • 50 of the 53 participants (less than 10%) failed to use the two-part seat belt properly;
  • Wearing the Honda two-part seat belt improperly was found to be more dangerous than riding without a seat belt.

最终, the jury concluded nine days of litigation by finding the automaker 63% liable for the victim’s damages. Because Texas has a law for comparative apportionment which holds defendants more than 50% at fault for accidents “jointly and severally” liable for damages suffered by victims, 本田最终要为这37美元负责.600万年的判断. 该公司表示正计划上诉.

Lessons to Be Learned: Preventing Future Tragedies, Seeking Justice With the Right Lawyer

虽然是一场彻头彻尾的悲剧, the case is a reminder about the importance of properly designed and manufactured products. 由法律规定, companies that create consumer products and their various components have legal obligations to ensure the efficacy of those products and the safety of the consumers who use them. Should products or components fail to function as intended – especially when they are as criti调用y important to safety as vehicle seat belts – victims can face immense risks of suffering preventable harm and losses, 如果不是灾难性的或致命的伤害.

While the young woman in this case must now confront a substantially altered life and her profound and permanent disabilities, 她处理逆境的方式真的很了不起吗. 尽管她将这次事故描述为“她一生中最糟糕的一次旅行”,” she has also expressed her belief that she was “put in this wheelchair for a reason” – to help prevent similar tragedies from happening to others in the future, 包括那些要付出最终代价的受害者.

她的无私值得称赞, and her beliefs in ensuring accountability and needed changes to protect others are the same beliefs which drive our legal team at Biren法律团体. In addition to her motivations for taking on one of the world’s largest automakers, 对于任何一个学习专业的受害者来说,还有一个重要的教训 车祸. 也就是说, 选择拥有合适经验、资源和知识的合适律师.

Just as this young woman placed her trust in lawyers who were capable of making her voice heard, all victims and families should understand the importance of the legal representation they choose to fight on their behalves after major motor vehicle crashes. Apart from the demonstrated abilities and determination so often required in complex claims against powerful corporate defendants, 咨询了解情况的律师也是一个明智的决定 产品责任法.

Attorneys knowledgeable in this focused and complex legal area have the resources and insight to effectively explore potential factors which may have caused or contributed to wrecks. That includes the ability to meticulously and intelligently investigate whether critical defects in the design or manufacturing of various components rendered them inherently unsafe, and whether vehicles had crash-worthiness deficiencies which caused or exacerbated the injuries.

受害人在这个案子里吗, 例如, not worked with attorneys skilled in this practice area and creative in illustrating such deficiencies, her case could have ended with the confidential Uber settlement – a settlement which was likely significantly smaller than the verdict awarded by the jury, 可能比她需要的要少, and unquestionably ineffective in holding Honda accountable for poorly designed seat belts that could have continued to seriously injure or kill others in the future.

为受害者 & 南加州的家庭

碧仁法律集团, our 洛杉矶 personal injury lawyers fight for much more than a checkmark in the “Win” column; we fight for the futures of our clients and their families, 为了他们的经济稳定和所需的医疗费用, 以及他们的正义感. 从更大的角度来看, 我们还努力确保对疏忽和不当行为追究责任, which in turn can help initiate changes and improvements that ultimately protect the public, 减少或防止未来的伤亡风险.

We’re passionate about what we do as advocates and civil trial lawyers who leave no stone unturned, and we’re thankful for the clients who so often place their trust in our team during the most difficult of times. Our appreciation is evident in the relentless work ethic we devote to exploring all of their available options for maximizing compensation.

If you have a potential accident case to discuss anywhere in 洛杉矶 or the surrounding areas of Southern California, 调用 (310) 896-4345 or 请在线联系毕人法律集团 免费咨询.

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