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Defective Design: Minor Child Thrown from Vehicle Collision

Tom Green County, Texas: On July 16, 2005, Plaintiff David Campos, the driver of a 1999 Ford Expedition, had a green light and was proceeding through the intersection when a reserve deputy for the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department, Tommy Jene Williams, suddenly and without warning drove through a red light at the intersection, striking the vehicle containing the Campos family. Plaintiff Ember Martinez was a passenger in the vehicle, as well as their minor child, David Andrew Campos, who was in a restrained child seat in the back of the vehicle in question. Plaintiff Ember Martinez was pregnant at the time with their daughter, Andrea Campos. During the course of the accident, the restraint system failed and the car seat holding David Andrew Campos was thrown from the vehicle. Plaintiffs David Campos and Ember Martinez sustained bodily injuries as a result of the accident. David Andrew Campos died as a result of being thrown from the vehicle.

Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair LLP filed a suit contending that Defendant Ford Motor Company originally designed, manufactured and marketed the 1999 Ford Expedition in question and that the design defects in the vehicle included a defective center rear seatbelt buckle receive assembly which failed in the collision and allowed the minor child, David Andrew Campos to be ejected from the vehicle.

David Andrew Campos suffered head trauma consisting of multiple factures and a large intracranial hemorrhage, which ultimately resulted in his death. David Campos, Ember Martinez and Andrea Campos sustained past and future reasonable and necessary medical expenses to treat them for their injuries sustained in this accident. This case settled for a confidential sum.