A jury ordered Ford to pay $1.7 billion after two people died when the roof crushed in a rollover accident involving their 2002 Ford Super Duty pickup truck.
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Ford Hit With $1.7 Billion Verdict in Deadly Rollover Roof Crush Accident
In August 2022, a jury ordered Ford to pay $1.7 billion to the sons of a couple from Georgia who died when the roof crushed in a rollover accident on a rural road in 2014.
The couple, Melvin and Voncile Hill, were driving a 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab truck with a gross weight of 8,800 pounds. They had no idea that the truck’s roof was only rated for vehicles up to 6,000 pounds.
When the right front tire suddenly blew out, the truck swerved off the road and rolled over. The family provided graphic photos of the accident showing the roof completely collapsed and flattened down to the hood. Tragically, the Hills were crushed inside and died.
Ford Hit By 160 Lawsuits for Rollover Roof Crush Accidents
Ford has been hit by more than 160 lawsuits involving rollover accidents where the roof crushed and injured or killed people inside. The lawsuits involve Ford Super Duty pickup trucks manufactured between 1999 and 2016, including the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks.
What is the Problem?
Ford manufactured over 5.2 million “Super Duty” pickup trucks that weighed more than 6,000 pounds, but had roofs that only met a federal rollover standard for trucks up to 6,000 pounds. Ford knew the trucks weighed more, but did not bother to make the roofs stronger.
Rollover Accidents Involving Heavy Vehicles
Rollover accidents are extremely dangerous in heavy trucks. The roof must be strong enough to support not only the weight of the vehicle, but also the force of the impact at high speeds. When the roof fails, the cab of the vehicle any anyone inside can be crushed to death.
Ford Avoided Negative Publicity By Paying Lawsuit Settlements for Years
Ford has clearly known about this problem for more than a decade, but successfully kept the deadly roof problem hidden from the public by quietly paying out “hush deal” settlements that helped Ford avoid billion-dollar jury verdicts like the one in Georgia.
Ford Hit With More Lawsuits for Rollover Roof Crush Accidents
More than 160 lawsuits have been filed by angry people who were injured, or family members of people who died, in tragic rollover accidents.
Many of these people say the never would have driven a Ford truck, putting their lives and their loved one’s lives at risk, if they knew the roof could not withstand a rollover crash.
One lawyer for the Georgia family said he used to drive Ford trucks. Not anymore. He said: “You might as well drive a convertible.” The jury was also convinced that Ford knew about the weak roof problem and did nothing to fix it or warn people.
In a pre-trial order in the case, Ford admitted that it had been hit with at least 162 lawsuits and knew of 83 accidents involving roof-crush injuries or deaths in rollover accidents. All of these tragic rollover accidents involved Ford Super Duty pickups made from 1999 to 2016.
Ford Finally Fixes Weak Roof Problem in 2017
The weak roof problem persisted until 2017, when federal auto-safety regulators finally approved stricter roof-strength standards for trucks weighing up to 10,000 pounds. Ford finally redesigned the weak roof in its Super Duty trucks in 2017, but still has not addressed the problem on older models or issued any recalls.
Can I Join a Class Action?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm in Texas. We are filing individual lawsuits for people who were injured, and family members of people who died in rollover accidents when the roof crushed on a Ford Super Duty truck made from 1999 to 2016.
If your Ford truck was built from 1999 to 2016, the roof could be too weak to withstand a rollover. Even if you have not been injured, you may be eligible to join a class action.
Our lawyers are filing individual lawsuits for injuries and wrongful deaths, medical expenses, lost income, and more. The following vehicles may be affected:
- Ford Super Duty trucks built from 1999-2016
- Ford F-250
- Ford F-350
- Ford F-450
- Ford F-550
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