A Florida jury has ordered Continental Tire North America Inc. to pay nearly $11 million to a woman who was seriously injured in a 2009 car accident. It was alleged in her lawsuit that the accident was caused by a faulty tire. The Palm Beach County jury found in favor of Tracey Parker in the case. Ms. Parker spent 102 days in the hospital following a tire blowout in May 2009 that caused her vehicle to roll over three times. The jury found that a defect in the tire caused the sudden and catastrophic tire failure.
Ms. Parker was driving to her job in Port Saint Lucie, Fla., on I-95 when her car’s right rear tire failed. She had to be airlifted to a trauma center in West Palm Beach, Fla., where she spent more than a month in a coma and had to undergo 17 surgeries. The tire failed because it was defective. The tire was, at the time of the accident, well-maintained and did not have uneven tread wear or repairs and had three years left on its warranty.
Ms. Parker was represented by Hampton Keen, Don Fountain and Julie Littky-Rubin with the Clark Fountain La Vista Prather Keen & Littky-Rubin firm, located in West Palm Beach. The case is Parker V. Continental Tire North America in the Circuit Court of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Sources: Carolina Bolado and Law360.com
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