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Man wins again after appeals court affirms car accident claim

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In many situations, a customer will choose one particular make or model of vehicle based on its reputation for safety and value. However, if an individual does not have all of the information available concerning various safety features, then an injury could lead that person to filing a valid car accident claim. One Pennsylvania victim was recently affirmed in his suit against Honda.

The accident that lead to the victim's injuries occurred in 2010 after his Acura was involved in a wreck that led to it overturning. The driver, who was 53 at the time, suffered catastrophic wounds that lead to him becoming a quadriplegic. In the first civil suit, the man's attorneys stated that the safety restraint system suffered design flaws. In that trial, the jury decided that Honda was liable for the man's irreversible injuries and awarded him an estimated $55.3 million for the damages he sustained.

Recently, the Pennsylvania appeals court affirmed that decision. The court issued an opinion that stated that the panel found no errors in the decision rendered by the presiding judge in the 2014 trial in accordance with the jury's verdict. Furthermore, the court felt that the plaintiff's attorney's presented a thorough case with adequate supporting evidence that warranted the cash award.

The car maker objected to the first trial's decision and claimed that the ruling was illegal and exceeded reasonable limits. The company may now file a further appeal with the state's Supreme Court. The victim and his family exercised their rights to file a car accident claim against the manufacturer in this circumstance. Anyone who suffers a serious injury in an automobile wreck is entitled to pursue his or her own civil litigation in an effort to seek relief from the resulting monetary damages he or she sustained through the actions or negligence of another party.

Source: pennlive.com, "Honda must pay $55.3M to driver paralyzed in rollover crash, Pa. court says", Matt Miller, April 21, 2017

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