MONTGOMERY, ALA. (February 26, 2009) – Beasley Allen filed suit in the Circuit Court for Mobile County, Ala., yesterday, Feb. 25, 2009, on behalf of the family of Michele Strother, who was killed August 6, 2008, when the 1996 Mercury Mountaineer in which she was a passenger went out of control and rolled over on Interstate 65.

Defendants named in the complaint are Bridgestone/Firestone North America Tire, LLC, Ford Motor Company, and Kristie Drinkard, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. Jere L. Beasley, J. Greg Allen and R. Graham Esdale, Jr., of Beasley Allen, are representing Missy and Joey Strother, Michele’s parents.

The complaint alleges that as the vehicle was moving, the right rear tire, manufactured by Firestone, de-treaded. Subsequently, the driver lost control of the vehicle where it rolled over and fatally injured Michele. According to the complaint, the tire was defective by design and Firestone was negligent by failing to warn the public and Michele Strother and her family about its defects. Additionally, the complaint alleges the Mercury Mountaineer was defective and unreasonably dangerous, as it was uncontrollable under certain driving conditions, in particular in the case of a rear tire detread, and unstable, with a high propensity to roll over when there is loss of directional control.

“This was a horrendous accident that resulted in the loss of life, and it should never have happened,” said Jere L. Beasley, founding shareholder of Beasley Allen. “Manufacturers have a responsibility to make sure their products are safe, or at the very least to warn the public when they know there is risk involved. This crash was a tragedy that could have been avoided.”


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