An Alabama jury has awarded 24-year-old Travaris “Tre” Smith $152 million in a case concerning a 2015 rollover accident involving a 1998 Ford Explorer, an accident that left Smith paralyzed.
The award consists of $100 million in punitive damages and $51 million in compensatory damages.
According to Reuters, Smith was riding as a passenger in the vehicle when the driver swerved to avoid an animal in the road, causing the Explorer to rollover twice. The impact caused Smith’s spine to snap, leaving him unconscious and permanently paralyzed.
The jury found the 1998 Explorer did not meet the company’s safety guidelines and poor design led to the rollover crash.
Ford plans to appeal the ruling, claiming that critical evidence was withheld from the jury.
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