According to the Southeast Texas record, a Marshall father has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company.
The wrongful death case claims that Ford’s F-350 trucks have a dangerous design flaw that led to the death of his son in a rollover truck crash. U.S. District Judge T. John Ward will reside over the court case, which was filed on January 12.
Paul Bennett, representing his deceased son, Christopher Thomas Bennett, believes that a better truck cab design could have saved his son’s life and significantly reduced injury – and that at the very least the truck should have had a warning to drivers that the cab was not able to sustain rollover accidents. His son’s truck rolled over when he veered off the road and then overcorrected.
Is the Ford F-350 crashworthy? Bennett believes that not only was the roof not crush resistant, but that the truck’s seat belt did not keep his son safely secured during the rollover. While Bennett’s Texas wrongful death attorney must admit that the truck passed federal safety standards, he will argue that those safety standards are not adequate and that the car company sold a vehicle that was unreasonably dangerous to the consumer. Recently, the Department of Transportation has been under fire for the validity of its rollover tests and rollover test standards.
Bennet is suing Ford for medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, funeral expenses, loss of inheritances, loss of consortium, loss of services, past and future pecuniary loss, loss of companionship and society and pre- and post-judgment interest.