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Ford Settles Another 15-Passenger Van Rollover Case
Jose Salgado, a married father of 2, worked for Delis Van Tours as a driver. On the morning of October 11, 2004, Mr. Salgado and his co-driver, Jose Gomez, were traveling southbound on Interstate 15 near Beaver, Utah, when the sidewall of the left rear tire separated from the tire casing. Gomez, the driver, was unable to control the directional path of the van due to its instability, leading to a rollover, ejecting Salgado through the front passenger side window.
The Salgado family sued Ford, alleging that the Ford Econoline 15-passenger was defectively designed due to a dangerous propensity for the vehicle to lose directional stability and rollover.
Ford denied all of the allegations.
Mr. Salgado sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in the rollover. He suffered a basilar skull fracture, sternal fracture, clavicle fracture, and thoracic spine vertebral fracture. He was hospitalized for several weeks and then transferred to a rehabilitation facility for several more weeks. His medical bills exceeded $300,000.00, with future life care costs exceeding $2,000,000.00.
Tony Denena and his partner Chad Points vigorously prosecuted the case and were able to reach a confidential settlement with Ford at mediation for the Salgado family.
Awarded: Confidential Settlement