When you consider the statistics, it is rather astonishing that anyone ever gets behind the wheel of a car. Over 5 million car accidents are reported in a single year; over 1 million of those accidents involved injuries and over 30,000 proved fatal. Car manufacturers must comply with certain standards before they can be sold in the United States. When those standards are not met, the results can be devastating.
One morning in 2012, 7-year old Jesse Rivera Jr. said, "I love you" to his mom as he scampered out the door and into his family's Audi. That was the last time Kathy Rivera would ever hear her son say those words.
On that fateful day, Jesse's father was driving Jesse and his older brother to school when he was rear-ended. Jesse Rivera Sr. and his older son walked away with minor injuries. Jesse Rivera Jr. was not so lucky. He suffered severe brain injury leaving him partially paralyzed, blind in one eye and suffering from ongoing seizures.
The family sued both the driver of the car that hit them, and Audi. Attorney Fidel Rodriguez Jr. argued that Audi installed a defective driver's seat. It appeared that upon impact, the driver's seat had collapsed leading to a forceful head-to-head collision between Jesse Sr. and his son. The jury agreed and awarded the Rivera family 124 million dollars.
Rodriguez and the Rivera family hope that this trial causes not just Audi but all car manufacturers to initiate tight controls on the creation and installation of their cars' seats so that this type of devastation never happens to another family.
Car accidents are frightening at the best of times, and debilitating and life altering at the worst. Auto manufacturers who fail to conform to industry standards should be held accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an automobile accident, an attorney may be able to help you receive compensation for those who were at fault.
Source: WOAI, " http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/jury-awards-124-million-to-family-of-young-crash-victim," Robert Price, March 8th, 2016