A vehicle rollover accident in Chesterfield Township, New Jersey, injured three people. According to a news report in The Telegraph, the accident occurred on Saratoga Road when the 19-year-old driver of a Chevy Malibu lost control of her vehicle as she tried to evade a deer which suddenly ran across the road from out of an adjacent cornfield. The vehicle struck a ditch, became airborne and then rolled over several times. The news report noted that one of the passengers, a 19 year old man, was ejected and sustained serious injuries. The driver suffered serious injuries and one other passenger escaped with minor injuries.
Rollover accidents can lead to catastrophic injury and death. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at least 10,000 people die each year as a result of rollover accidents. That accounts for nearly 25 percent of traffic accident fatalities in the United States.
Aside from driver negligence and road hazards (such as debris and animal crossings), some auto product defects including those relating to tires, seatbelts, and design deficiencies resulting in roof crush, can increase the chance of a rollover accident or the severity of the resulting injuries.
In any vehicle accident involving a rollover or possible product failures, it is imperative to preserve the vehicle involved in the incident. The vehicle must be preserved unaltered so it can be thoroughly examined by an expert for any evidence of design or manufacturing auto product failures and defects. If an accident or injury was caused by a vehicle defect, the manufacturer, and sometimes the seller, of the defective product can be held liable for the injuries and damages suffered as a consequence of the incident.
The New Jersey auto products liability attorneys at Blume Forte have, for decades, represented those injured as a result of unsafe motor vehicle products, as well as families who have lost loved ones due to auto product defects.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover motor vehicle accident, contact us today for a no-cost consultation at 973-635-5400.