Rollover Accidents Caused by Design Defects

Sep 27, 2014 by

There have been many rollover accidents recently in the news, some involved two or more vehicles, but many were single-vehicle incidents. One accident involved a Chevrolet Trailblazer which was carrying four passengers traveling northbound on Interstate 680 in Omaha. Upon investigation, it appeared that the SUV had swerved to avoid another vehicle that swerved first and tipped over, rolling several times causing it to crossover to the southbound lanes. Two teenagers, one the driver and the other a passenger were ejected during the rollover and were seriously injured. The driver is still in critical condition with a punctured lung and head injuries. The two other passengers who were pinned in the vehicle also suffered injuries but are expected to recover.

The Chevrolet Trailblazer has been the subject of some concern since it was modified into an EXT model to fit additional seating making it a 7-seater. This made the SUV higher and longer with a wider wheelbase but not enough to eliminate the higher risk of rollover associated with many SUVs. It is not certain if the specific vehicle in this instance was an EXT model, but based on the way the incident unfolded, it would be reasonable to assume that it carried a high risk of rollover.

There are many reasons why a car accident happens, but perhaps the most egregious is that of an auto defect. The driver has no control in preventing accidents from happening, and is an example of the breach of duty by the manufacturer.

If you have been seriously injured in a rollover accident caused by an auto defect, you may be eligible to sue for compensation. Sometimes rollover accidents are caused by collisions with other vehicles rather than manufacturer defects. In these cases, your compensation may come from the other driver’s insurance company rather than the auto manufacturer. More information on this may be found on the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®.

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