Ford F-150 Car Crashes

The Ford 1-150 is the best-selling truck in the United States. Accordingly, there are a lot of motor vehicle accidents involving these trucks. If you have been injured in an accident either driving or getting hit by an F-150 and want compensation for the harm that was done to you, call our car accident lawyers at 410-779-4600 or get a free online consultation.

The consensus seems to be that this is a relatively safe truck. The Ford was rated #2 in full sized pick-up trucks for 2019. This rating is accompanied by an overall safety score of 9.7/10, which is extremely high. The Ford 150 trucks have had their problems over the years. However, the newest models seem to address many of the issues.

The worst reported problems with the F-150 include engine knocking in the 2007 truck, engine clatter in the 2009, and window issues in the 2004. Overall, the 2004 version saw the most problems and was the worst year for the pick-up.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration generally gives the F-150's high safety ratings. The 2010 - 2016 trucks all received a rating higher than 9.1/10, except the 2011 truck scoring 8.9/10. The amount of annual complaints for the newer year trucks, 2014-2016, is below 370 per year. In 2012 and 2013, Ford saw a larger volume of complaints with the truck, with 846 complaints in 2013 and 1,000 complaints in 2012. These complaints centered mainly on engine brake issues.

Of course, getting hit in a crash by a Ford F-150 is a different matter altogether, right? These vehicles weigh between 4,000 and 12,000 pounds. If you are in a car accident with one of these trucks, it is not like getting hit by an eighteen wheeler but, sometimes, it is not that far off.

Verdicts & Settlements

Below are some verdicts and settlements involving automobile accidents, where at least one of the vehicles involved was a Ford F-150. Verdicts and settlements involving these vehicles are often going to be greater than if the other driver was in a Toyota Prius for obvious reasons.

  • 2016, California:$3,600,000 Verdict. Plaintiff is riding his bicycle to work one morning along the shoulder of a road when he is struck by a Mustang and flung from his bike into the opposite traveling lane. The driver of the Mustang notes that the plaintiff is probably injured, but does not appear to have fatal injuries. The driver tries to direct traffic around the plaintiff as he is laying in the road awaiting medical assistance, but still able to move his head, grab his legs, and talk. However, this only worked for a minute, as a defendant, driving his F-150, ran directly over the plaintiff's skull and chest.  Just awful, right? The defendant driver's account of the seconds before the accident varies, but ultimately he claims he did not break but attempted to straddle "the object" (plaintiff's body). Plaintiff alleges this could have and should have been avoided, as the F-150 was traveling too fast, and his estate alleges that he survived the first collision but died due to the injuries sustained when the F-150 hit him. Defendant claims that the extent of the injuries from the first impact was unknown, but likely resulted in a severe injury. A jury awards the man's estate $3,600,000.
  • 2016, Texas: $24,000 Settlement. Plaintiff is driving a 2008 Ford F-150 truck with his minor daughters when he is struck at an intersection when another vehicle fails to stop. His daughters suffer injuries to their arms, neck, back, and abdominal area. The parties settled before trial for $24,000 on the plaintiff's claims for his daughters.
  • 2015, Louisiana:$1,153,977 Verdict. Plaintiff is driving his 2001 Ford F-150 pickup on the highway early one morning as it begins to rain lightly. He drives his way up an incline, at which point his truck begins to fishtail and strikes the left concrete guardrail. As a result, he then strikes the right guardrail, leaving his truck disabled and parked on the shoulder of the highway adjacent to the lane of travel. He exits his vehicle, and is standing between the guardrail and highway shoulder when a vehicle being driven by defendant spins out of control and strikes him. Plaintiff is thrown over the bridge guardrail and falls 75 feet to the ground. He suffers injuries to his back, pelvic region, groin, legs, feet, face, and brain. He has to go through surgery and rehabilitation services, but unfortunately, the driver and passenger in the Ford F-150 died as a result of the collision. Plaintiff brings a claim for damages, alleging the driver of the F-150 was negligent and failed to maintain control. A judge awards the plaintiff $953,977.03 against the Department of Transportation and Development, along with interest. Of note, a judge also awards the defendant's parents $200,000 in their wrongful death claims against the Department of Transportation and Development.
  • 2015, Nevada:$515,000 Settlement. A minor female is a passenger in a vehicle approaching an intersection controlled by a stop sign. The driver fails to yield the right-of-way at the intersection, colliding with a 1999 Ford F-150. The impact is enough to push their vehicle into a third vehicle. The minor's guardian filed a claim that the driver of her vehicle was negligent for failing to stop at the stop-sign. The parties agreed to a $3,000,000 judgment against the defendant, but would allow the defendant a covenant not to enforce this in exchange for the defendant's $500,000 policy limits.
  • 2015, Texas:$165,179 Settlement. Plaintiff is driving his F-150 on the highway, with his minor child, when a vehicle traveling near him struck one car, forcing it across the highway, into three other vehicles including Plaintiff's. Plaintiff's son suffered personal injuries due to the chain collision, and plaintiff brought a claim against the other drivers and their insurance companies as well as his own, USAA, to recover uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. The parties settled, with the driver and USAA paying $165,178.89.
  • 2015, Texas:$140,971 Settlement. Plaintiff is driving his Ford F-150 with his wife and their daughter on US 70. An 18 wheel tractor-trailer fails to stop at a stop sign located at the intersection of his road, and the road Plaintiff was traveling on. He turns his vehicle and attempts to make multiple lane changes when he turns into the plaintiff's F-150. This causes the F-150 to rotate 180 degrees, cross the center median, and roll over. The plaintiff driver is paralyzed and his wife and daughter sustained injuries as a result. They bring a claim against the driver of the tractor trailer, alleging negligence in changing lanes, failing to keep a proper lookout, driving at an unsafe speed, unsafe driving practices, and many other things. The Defendants argue that Plaintiff was comparatively negligent as there was a dangerous product defect in his Ford F-150 truck which was the producing cause of his spinal cord injury. The parties settled the claims to recover for the minors injuries for $140,971.00.
  • 2015, California:$120,000 Verdict. Plaintiff is jogging in a bike lane on a road when a 2005 Ford-F150 hits him and then flees the scene. Plaintiff alleges that the defendant driver negligently operated the vehicle and caused the accident, which injured him. A jury awards him $45,000 for past medical expenses, $25,000 for future medical expense, and $50,000 for non-economic damages.
  • 2015, Texas:$100,000 Settlement. Plaintiff is driving her 2001 Ford F-150 truck with her two minor children. On a green traffic signal, she executes a left turn, when her vehicle is struck by a car operated by defendant who ran his red light. Plaintiff is 20 weeks pregnant at the time, and upon impact, she goes into labor and is transported to the hospital where her baby is born prematurely and required heart surgery, feeding tubes, and neonatal intensive care unit treatment for an extended period. She argues that the defendant driver failed to yield the right of way at the intersection, disregarded a red traffic signal, failed to maintain a proper lookout, and failed to turn his vehicle to avoid a collision. The parties settled for $100,000. Additionally, a judge awarded plaintiff $34,154.02 for payment of attorney fees, and $42,607.84 to a trust fund for the minor. 
  • 2015, Louisiana:$25,000 Settlement. Plaintiff is driving his car one day when he encounters a pool of water on the interstate, causing him to hydroplane. He then loses control of his car, as it collides with a tree in the median. After this happens, a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck, driven by one of the defendants, exits the interstate and strikes his vehicle. Plaintiff claims that the defendant failed to maintain control over his F-150 and was operating carelessly while on the interstate. Plaintiff settled with the Department of Transportation for $25,000.
  • 2015, Louisiana:$20,492 Verdict. Plaintiff is driving her automobile and stops for a red traffic signal at an intersection. The vehicle behind her, a 2009 Ford F-150, failed to stop and struck plaintiff's vehicle in the rear. She suffered injuries to her neck, back, shoulder, and headaches. She alleges that defendant driver failed to avoid a collision, followed her too closely, and failed to stop his truck in time to avoid an impact. A judge finds that defendant was 100% at fault, and awards the plaintiff $20,492.
  • 2014, Louisiana:$78,888 Verdict. Plaintiff is driving her 2010 Ford Explorer with her minor son in the backseat. Suddenly, a Ford F-150, driven by defendant, fails to yield the right of way at an intersection and collides with her vehicle. Plaintiff, who was pregnant and the time, and her son suffered injuries as a result. A judge awards Plaintiff, her son, and her husband $78,888.34.
  • 2014, Louisiana: $56,543 Verdict. Plaintiff is driving his Honda Civic in LA when the defendant, operating a 2011 Ford F-150 pickup, backs into his vehicle. Plaintiff sustains an injury to his hip in the collision and alleges that defendant failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to maintain proper control, and operated his vehicle in a careless or reckless manner. A judge awarded plaintiff $15,000 for past and future pain and suffering, and $41,542.65 for past medical expenses.

Just like most other companies, Ford has been forced to recall some of their F-150 trucks due to safety concerns. The 2012 model was recalled due to an issue with the automatic transmission, as well as the front airbag sensor. The 2013 model was recalled three times, regarding service brakes, the seats, and the electric power assist system.

The 2015 model had four recalls - seat belts, forward collision advance, steering, and structure. Lastly, the 2016 model has experienced two recalls so far, for assembly of the front seat and air bag passenger occupant classification system.

The largest recall took place in the 2013-2014 Ford F-150's, with nearly 271,000 trucks being recalled, to replace the brake master cylinders which were increasing the risk of a crash. No injuries were reported, however, nine allegations of accidents due to this were reported.

Class Action Lawsuits

There have been several class action lawsuits filed against Ford Motor Company regarding issues surrounding the F-150 pickup truck. One of the class action suits alleges that the Ford F- 150 pick-up trucks contain a dangerous safety defect causing them to shake violently, shudder, and stall when attempting to accelerate.

In 2015, Ford Motor Co. settled a $2.2 million spark plug defect class action regarding its 2004-2008 F-150 trucks. This settlement resolved claims that the vehicles featured defective spark plugs that were difficult as well as expensive to replace. The issue with the spark plugs would lead to time and costs in routine maintenance. The settlement included six separately filed class action lawsuits that were consolidated into an MDL, representing plaintiffs in at least 24 states. According to the settlement, Ford will reimburse customers who paid at least $37.50 to replace the spark plug a percentage of what they spent, while still denying liability.

In 2013, a class action lawsuit claiming that Ford Motor Company knowingly sold vehicles (including the F-150) with engine defects causing performance and safety issues was filed. It was alleged that manufacturing defects were causing hesitation with acceleration, a loss of RPM, stalling, and a loss of power or sudden deceleration. The owners of the trucks were seeking out of pocket replacement/repair costs, diminution in value, damages, and injunctive relief, for their claims of breach of warranty, common law fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, and violations state consumer protection statutes.

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