Defective Design: Man Rescues Wife from a Trailer Fire
Mayes County, Oklahoma: On or about December 14, 2008, a tractor-trailer collision caused the fuel tank on a 2007 Kenworth truck tractor, driven by Bonnie L. Gary and occupied by Charles Ray Gary, to detach. The fuel was sprayed on the tractor-trailer and a fuel-fed fire ensued. Mrs. Gary was able to escape the conflagration with her husband’s assistance, however Mr. Gary was unable to escape and burned to death.
Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair LLP filed a suit contending that the Defendant, Oklahoma Kenworth, Inc., sold the truck tractor in a defective and unreasonably dangerous condition, and was a producing cause of the injuries to and death of Charles Ray Gary, and of the damages sustained by the plaintiffs. Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair LLP also contend the fuel system, designed, manufactured, sold and otherwise placed into the stream of commerce by Kenworth Truck Company, was defective and unreasonably dangerous, and was also a producing cause of the injuries to and death of Charles Ray Gary, and of the damages sustained by the Plaintiffs. This case settled for a confidential sum.