Matthew vs. Auto Maker
The driver of the vehicle had a minimal insurance policy; he plead guilty to felony driving under the influence of drugs with injury after it was determined he drove the vehicle with narcotics in his system.
The family hired our law firm to represent Matthew in the litigation that followed. Products liability litigation against auto manufacturers is notoriously vicious. Mr. Murphy expended $375,000.00 in costs to force the automaker to the bargaining table. Multiple experts were retained, and several prototypes of the vehicle were purchased and tested. In every test, the vehicle rolled over at 30 miles an hour when it should have withstood the turn at 55 miles per hour.
Based upon this evidence, the auto manufacturer offered a settlement to the family. The settlement was the largest pretrial settlement in the history of this type of litigation. Matthew received a settlement of $4,750,000.00. His brother the passenger, received $250,000.00 for the emotional distress he experienced witnessing his brother being injured; the other passenger in the car suffered soft tissue injuries and recovered $250,000.00. the total recovery in the case was $5,250,000.00.