NATIONAL – A woman was awarded $8.5 million dollars in Ford SUV rollover – product liability case. The month long trial from 2005 centered around a rollover wreck of a Mercury Mountaineer (Ford) near Douglasville, Georgia. The accident killed two people and injured two others. The driver had her right leg amputated just below the knee and her left arm is paralyzed as a result of the accident. She also suffered a brain injury.

The jury heard testimony that a car had tried to get over into the SUV’s lane. The SUV swerved into the left lane to avoid the car and when it attempted to go back right, the SUV flipped and rolled over four-and-a-half times.

The jury began deliberating just after 10 a.m. and returned a verdict about 2 p.m. finding that the Mercury Mountaineer built by Ford, was defectively designed and, as a result, was unreasonably prone to rollover.

Ford nearly always appeals large verdicts and will almost certainly do so in this case.

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