Auto Defects and Rollover Injuries

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Automobile Product Liability Attorneys

The law firm of Owen, Galloway & Myers, is a recognized across Southern Mississippi for its effective legal advocacy in auto defect litigation. We have successfully sued major car makers and auto component companies for defects contributing to serious injury crashes or fatal rollover accidents.

Our Gulfport personal injury lawyers are renowned for their professionalism, commitment to client service and consistent results. Our founding attorneys, have over 35 years of experience each, and all three law partners have earned the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell AV rating.*

Joe Sam Owen has practiced on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since 1972, and has long handled product liability cases. Ben Galloway was the first in the country to file suit against Ford Motor Co. for a deadly airbag defect in its popular F-150 pickup. Our automobile defect cases have included:

  • Roof crush/crashworthiness cases (Toyota SUV rollover accident)
  • Airbag failure and airbag injuries
  • Defective tires (blowouts leading to rollover accidents)
  • Seatbacks and seatbelts

Representative Cases

In the Ford F-150 case, our client was involved in a minor "fender bender," a low-speed crash that should not have triggered the airbags. But the driver's airbag inflated and struck our client in the chest with such force that it ruptured his aorta and killed him. On behalf of the family, Mr. Owen settled that wrongful death case two weeks into the trial.

In another case, we won substantial damages for a local teacher who was paralyzed after her airbag deployed in a crash. Being a smaller woman, the bag struck her at head level, breaking her neck rather than cushioning the impact.

Our groundbreaking lawsuit and others that followed led Ford to redesign the deployment mechanism and eventually to create "smart" airbags that adjust to the weight of the person and speed of the vehicle. It's rewarding to know that we are helping prevent future rollover accidents and injuries, but these are complex and expensive cases. Owen, Galloway & Myers, has the resources to hire the accident reconstruction and engineering experts to prevail on behalf of our clients.

Call our Gulfport office at 228-265-5109 or toll-free at 866-677-3165 to arrange a consultation or contact us online. We are available as local counsel or co-counsel to other law firms.

*AV, BV and CV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.