Major Injuries Reported in Merced Rollover Accident
I’m Ed Smith, a Merced personal injury lawyer. A woman suffered major injuries as a result of a rollover accident on June 7, 2018. The accident took place along Highway 59 near Sandy Mush Road just south of Merced shortly before 7:00 in the evening. A woman traveling southbound in a Honda Accord reportedly lost control of her vehicle after attempting to navigate a turn in the roadway and drifted abruptly to the right side, causing the Honda to overturn. The woman, who was restrained by a safety belt at the time of the collision, was transported via air ambulance to the Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. Officials reported that the woman was hospitalized for unspecified serious injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening in nature.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Investigators noted that alcohol or drugs are not believed to have played as factors in the crash.
The greatest factor leading to a rollover accident is vehicle weight distribution. Rollovers often involve vehicles that are taller and narrower such as passenger vans, SUVs, and pickup trucks. These vehicles produce more force while conducting turns as they have a narrow base and high center of gravity. Such force can limit the stability of a vehicle, increasing a motorists’ chance of a rollover accident.
Safety Tips for Avoiding Rollover Accidents
Exercising due care is important in limiting your risk of a rollover accident. Follow these safety tips to protect yourself and your loved ones while driving:
- Adjust your driving during inclement conditions
- Allow adequate space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you in case they make a sudden stop for any given reason
- Always make sure that you and your passengers are restrained by safety belts prior to your drive
- Avoid driving while intoxicated or texting and driving
- Check your tire pressure before venturing out on a long trip
- Take turns at slower speeds
- When using your vehicle to haul heavy objects, review your owners’ manual for the recommended weight limit
How an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Rollover accidents are the common cause of serious injuries including brain trauma, bone fractures, paralysis, spinal cord injury or even death. Such injuries may be the result of inadequate roof protection during a rollover where the roof collapses inward and causes serious harm to vehicle occupants. If this has happened to you or someone you love, it is important to discuss your options with a skilled personal injury lawyer in Merced. An attorney with years of experience can investigate further into the accident and properly determine whether design or manufacturing defects resulted in your roof crush injuries or wrongful death of your loved one.
Merced Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Merced personal injury lawyer. Rollover accidents can cause significant injuries leading to wage loss and high medical bills. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact me at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 to receive free and friendly advice about your case.
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