AUSTIN – The surviving spouse and children of a man killed in a collision allege the vehicle he was driving violated several crashworthiness principles.

Tara McAlister, Jake McAlister and Travis McAlister filed a complaint on Aug. 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas Austin Division against FCA US LLC alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Aug. 14, 2016, plaintiffs' decedent Kyle Stephen McAlister sustained fatal injuries and died when the 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 he was driving was struck by a vehicle with an attached trailer on U.S. Highway 281 in Blanco County. The plaintiffs allege they have suffered loss of care, companionship and society. 

The plaintiffs holds FCA US LLC responsible because the subject vehicle that was manufactured by defendant allegedly failed to provide adequate occupant protection in frontal offset impacts, the roof and door system was structurally insufficient and the vehicle failed to distribute and channel energy properly.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek actual damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs of suit and such other relief, general and special relief to which they are entitled to receive. They are represented by E. Todd Tracy, Stewart D. Matthews and Andrew G. Counts of The Tracy Law Firm in Dallas.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas Austin Division case number 1:17-cv-00836

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