15 Passenger Rollover
Shortly before the rental, Big O Tires had serviced the van and supposedly inspected the tires. On the trip back, the tread separated on the left rear tire, causing the van to go out of control and roll. Gerald Pease suffered severe damage to his left leg, resulting in a permanent foot drop, neuropathic pain and several damaged ligaments in his left knee. After a failed sural nerve transplant and three surgeries to his knee, Mr. Pease continues to suffer from his injuries. The jury found that both Enterprise and Big O Tires were negligent. Further, the jury found that Enterprise had breached its warranty to Mr. Pease by failing to provide him a van that was fit for ordinary use.