Young man paralyzed in Ford Explorer rollover awarded $151 million

Beasley Allen lawyer LaBarron Boone led the trial team that secured a $151 million verdict for Travaris “Tre” Smith, a young Selma, Alabama, man who was paralyzed in a Ford Explorer rollover crash. The Dallas County, Alabama, jury found Ford Motor Co. liable for the crash, finding the company failed to meet its own safety guidelines for rollover resistance and attempted to cover up the vehicle’s defective design. LaBarron told WSFA that Ford’s own engineers noted the Explorer needed to be redesigned to make it safe. This was the largest civil verdict ever awarded in Dallas County. But, “I’d rather be walking,” Tre said.

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