On March 4, 2009, 17-year-old Tara Jennings was driving her 2003 Mazda Tribute home from a friend’s house. Tara was only traveling around 35 mph when, for some unknown reason, she overcorrected her car to the left. Her vehicle rolled over approximately 1 ½ times. Despite properly wearing her seat belt, Tara was partially ejected. Impact marks from her head were found on the outside roof of the car. This tragic incident caused her to receive traumatic brain injuries and a partially severed spinal cord that left portions of her body paralyzed.
Mazda is owned by Ford Motor Company and the two companies worked together to put the 2003 Mazda Tribute on the road. By 2003, Ford had incorporated various safety features in its own vehicles and in its subsidiary, Volvo, which if designed into the Mazda Tribute, would have prevented Tara from being partially ejected. These features include improved seatbelt pretensioners and side curtain airbags. Further, Ford and Mazda had incorporated electronic stability control on many of its vehicles by 2003. This feature would have prevented Tara from losing control of the Mazda vehicle in the first place. Our firm has recently filed suit in the Circuit Court of Marshall County, Alabama against Mazda and Ford for product defects that caused Tara’s injuries. Chris Glover will be the lead lawyer for our firm in this case. Greg Allen and I will help Chris try this case.
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