A New Jersey driver sustained serious injuries in an SUV rollover accident after he lost control of his 2006 Jeep Wrangler. MyCentralJersey.com reports that the SUV skidded off the road after it hit a patch of ice, and, rolled over. The driver was airlifted to an area hospital where he underwent surgery. Officials are investigating the cause of the accident which took place along Route 9 South in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
Driving in icy conditions can be extremely dangerous and requires skill and experience; it is important to make sure you stay well within, if not under the speed limit, and, to maintain a safe distance between you and other vehicles. In this particular case, it is not clear what caused the rollover accident. However, after any rollover accident, it is important to examine whether a vehicle defect, or, mechanical malfunction in the vehicle may have caused, or, contributed to the loss of control of the vehicle.
Several studies have found that SUVs in general have the propensity to roll over because of their higher center of gravity, and, narrower track width. In addition, product defects such as a weak roof may contribute to injuries sustained in rollover accidents (roof crush). Roof crush in SUV rollover accidents can cause severe injuries, such as traumatic brain trauma/injury, and, spinal cord injuries. When an SUV overturns during a crash, a weak roof can collapse under the stress/weight, increasing the risk of major injury to the vehicle’s occupants. In addition, seatback and seatbelt defects can contribute to one sustaining more severe injuries in SUV rollover accidents.
If you or, someone you love has been seriously hurt in an SUV rollover accident caused by a defective automotive product, or, a vehicle defect, contact Blume Forte to discuss your case with a skilled New Jersey auto defect lawyer. Call us at 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation of your potential auto products liability claim.