Impact from Modified Jeep with Illegal Lift Kit Paralyzes Young Boy
A personal injury claim stemming from a 2019 motor vehicle impact in Georgia was recently settled for approximately $45 million. A Jeep Wrangler with an illegal lift kit struck the rear of a stopped passenger vehicle in which a nine-year-old boy was a rear seat passenger. The illegally high “lift” raised the Jeep’s bumper high enough that it failed to contact the rear bumper of the passenger car, instead causing much greater crush damage to the passenger car’s rear where the unfortunate child was located. The case highlights the significant dangers that can be presented by improper after-manufacture modifications of vehicles on our roadways, as well as the legal complexities of personal injury claims and lawsuits stemming from accidents and injuries caused by these unsafe modifications.