A personal injury case recently concluded in the Denver District Court. The victim in the case was Mendy Brockman, who is a mother of four minor children that resides in Colorado Springs. Her husband, Jason Brockman, was with her in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Mr. Brockman is a minister, who on Friday July 5, 2013, was flying back to Denver from Florida after doing some preaching work there. Mendy had agreed to pick Jason up from the airport on the night of the accident. Acquaintances of the family began a website themed as “Pray 4 Mendy”, and the couple has received tremendous support since this accident.
After picking her husband up from the airport, Mrs. Brockman began traveling southbound on Interstate 25. As the vehicle was slightly south of the Castle Rock area, a motorist crossed into their lane while intending to make a U-turn at an emergency crossing located within the highway's median. The motorist struck Brockman's vehicle, causing it to roll over an estimated six times! Emergency responders had her airlifted to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, where the efforts to save her life ensued. In what could be considered a miracle, her husband was able to escape this horrific accident with only minor injuries. The medical staff undertook an operation in efforts to repair several injuries that impacted Mendy's neck and spine. She survived the accident, but has permanent paralysis of her lower body and limited usage of her hands.
The family brought a negligence-based suit against the driver, as well as product liability claims against Honda, Takata and AGC Auto. Takata makes the seatbelts for Honda, and ACG is their windshield manufacturer. A Denver jury deliberated for roughly 8 hours before finding the driver 50% liable, and Honda and ACG 50% liable, while Takata was found to not be liable. The total damages awarded totaled $52 million, which will be slightly reduced, as $5 million was allocated for pain-and-suffering; however, the Colorado current limit for that category is capped at roughly $468,000.
Colorado Auto Manufacturer Product Liability
It is unfortunate when a tragic accident occurs which is partially attributable to an auto manufacturer. Often potentially dangerous components within a vehicle are not realized until they are subjected to the force of a collision. Auto manufacturers may choose to disregard defective aspects of their vehicles, rather than launch a recall effort. If you suspect that your vehicle, or a component within your vehicle, heightened the severity of a collision, it is best to retain legal assistance.
The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal has been a champion for justice on behalf of Colorado injury victims for many years. The laws involved in personal injury and product liability cases can be complex. Those who are negligent or reckless often have aggressive insurance company negotiators tending to their best interest. To “level the playing field” in making sure you receive fair compensation, contact the office for a complimentary consultation.