Major Injuries Occur in Cameron Park Rollover Accident

Accident on Highway 50 Seriously Injures Young Woman and Small Child

Two people suffered major injuries in a rollover accident near Cameron Park on January 29. The police report by the Placerville office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) stated that the accident happened in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range around 6:00 p.m. A 19-year-old woman and a minor child were transported to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. 

How the Rollover Accident Occurred

The report issued by the police said that the collision occurred when a Redwood City man, age 28, was traveling west along Highway 50 in a Toyota Tacoma when the vehicle experienced a rollover. The driver and another passenger in the vehicle suffered less severe injuries. The woman and minor involved in the pickup crash were reportedly ejected from the vehicle and were not wearing seat restraints. Passersby stopped to assist the occupants of the truck. The CHP is investigating the rollover and suspects that alcohol consumption may have been a factor.

Accidents Involving Rollovers With Major Injuries

Almost 35 percent of all fatal traffic accidents involve rollovers, even though they occur in less than 4 percent of all collisions. Rollovers can occur in any type of car or light truck but are most common in vehicles with high centers of gravity. Vehicles with high centers of gravity include SUVs, pickup trucks and vans. Rollover rates for SUVs are the highest at 57 percent, followed by vans at 30 percent and pickups at 47 percent.

Driver Error Is Not the Only Cause of a Rollover Crash

Distracted driving, inattention to signs, cargo placement, or oversteering are some of the leading causes of rollovers. However, other factors can contribute to a rollover. Examples include:

  • Some rollovers are caused by vehicle equipment failure. The vehicle design or tires, steering, or brakes can cause an accident because of a defect in the part. When this occurs, an auto products liability lawsuit may be filed to hold the manufacturer accountable for major injuries sustained in the accident.
  • A lack of maintenance by government agencies contributes to some rollover accidents. When this happens, you can file a claim against the local, county or state agency responsible.

An Automobile Design Flaw Can Lead to Major Injuries

When a car rolls over, a design flaw causes roof crush, which often results in major injuries or fatalities. In order to comply with the law, car manufacturers must ensure the roof infrastructure can support up to 3.5 times the weight of the vehicle. However, some models lack the required roof support. The roof of the car crashes down during a rollover, injuring the driver and passengers alike and lessening their survivability space. To examine the car for this defect, it is essential to keep the vehicle.

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Investigators at our firm have experience in examining rollover accidents and supply detailed evidence that helps our injury lawyers in building a robust case. After visiting the accident scene, they investigate how and why the crash occurred. After a rollover accident, the examiner will look for evidence of roof crush. Using accident reconstruction techniques and surveillance camera footage, they determine liability and fault.

Cameron Park Car Accident Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, a Cameron Park car accident lawyer. A rollover accident is among the most dangerous types of collisions. If your injuries in an accident were caused by a negligent driver, you may wish to find out if you can recover compensation. We are here to offer you free and friendly advice when you contact us at (530) 392-9400 or by calling (800) 404-5400. If you prefer, you can message us using the online contact form.

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