The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tells us that rollover accidents are uniquely dangerous events on U.S. highways. These are accidents in which a vehicle actually revolves at least one-quarter turn, possibly coming to rest on its side or roof. Even though only about eight percent of cars and light trucks roll over during a vehicle crash, those rollover incidents account for over 20 percent of seriously injured vehicle occupants and nearly a third of all occupant fatalities.
While there are many potential causes for rollover accidents, one worth our attention is the problem of defective tires. When a poorly manufactured tire blows out, the driver can lose control of the vehicle. In striking another car, truck, or stationary object, the vehicle can gain rotational momentum and roll over.
NHTSA statistics show that there are over 20,000 tow-away crashes every year caused by blowouts or flat tires. About 18 percent of tire-related car accidents involve rollovers, and a full 72 percent of tire-related light truck and SUV accidents become rollovers.
What shall we do about defective tires?
When an automobile or sport-utility vehicle has a rollover accident because of a defective tire, the driver and passengers face an enormous risk of serious or fatal injury. A rollover accident is more likely than any other to eject occupants from the vehicle. Occupants may also be subject to crushing injuries if the vehicle comes to rest upside-down. Rollover accidents caused by defective tires in North Carolina have been linked to any number of serious injuries, including:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken ribs that pierce lungs
- Blood vessel hemorrhage
- Ruptured spleen
- Shattered limbs
If a defective tire causes an auto or SUV accident in North Carolina, the manufacturer can be held liable for the injuries that result. An investigation by an experienced Wilmington vehicle injury lawyer can reveal how defective materials, poor design, or deficient industrial processes made the tire unsafe for the consumer. It’s important to hold the right people responsible after an accident and to see that tire manufacturing mistakes are brought to light.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed as a result of a rollover accident, contact our accident attorneys in Wilmington. A phone call to 877-593-4233 will let you schedule a free and confidential meeting about your case. If you hire us, we will aggressively seek every penny of compensation you deserve for your losses. Contact Speaks Law Firm today and we will even send you a FREE copy of our book, The North Carolina Auto Injury Book.