Car accidents occur all the time, but when the vehicle or a part of it is defective, an injured person can sue and be compensated. Berkowitz and Hanna LLC learned about a case in which a Roanoke, Virginia jury awarded a plaintiff $20 million in a sports car accident based on product liability.

The plaintiff was paralyzed from the chest down when her Mazda Miata sports car overturned after she swerved to avoid hitting a plastic swimming pool that fell off a pickup truck in front of her. She sued Mazda Motor Corp. for product liability.

The lawsuit asserted that Walters’ 1995 Miata convertible was defectively designed in a way that caused the windshield to collapse after the car flipped and came to a rest on its roof. Because of the “unreasonably dangerous” design of the car, a latch system that was supposed to hold the windshield to the convertible top failed when the car came to a rest upside down, the lawsuit alleged.

Berkowitz and Hanna LLC has years of experience in product liability cases and knows that when a product is determined to be defective, parties are eligible to seek and recover damages for their injuries. In this case, though Mazda denied it did anything wrong and is seeking an appeal, the jury placed legal accountability on the car company and determined that they were responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries.

Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not represent any of the parties in this case. 

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