The thing about this case that really struck a cord with me, is that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the value of a loss of life was only $200,000. They placed a price on a life that easily. The broke the cost down into many different categories including legal and court, funeral, property damage and employer loses. Those categories are measurable, those I can understand. However they also have a category called Victims Pain and Suffering which is $10,000. That is it. Now how is that justifiable? How is anyone able to make the decision that someones pain and suffering is worth $10,000 and that the value of their life is worth $200,000.
Peoples lives were lost because Ford rushed the Pinto onto the market solely for the purpose of making a profit quickly. In result, people got injured and people died. All Ford had to do was go to court, death with lawsuits and pay some money. While the families, to this day are still dealing with this 'pain and suffering' category. The thought that money can make problems go away is ridiculous, no amount of money can pay for a life.