Single Car Accidents

Posted on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 at 4:25 pm    

Crashworthiness is a term that describes a vehicle’s ability to prevent an accident or protect its occupants during a crash.  Crashworthiness factors include, Structural Integrity of the vehicle, Seat Belts, Airbags, Brakes and Anti-Lock Brakes and other Vehicle Safety Mechanisms.  Car manufacturers are required to adhere to certain standards when they build a car and these safety mechanisms are expected to work properly.  When Vehicle Safety Mechanisms fail to work properly in a car wreck, people get hurt or killed.

Can an injured person or a car wreck victim’s family receive compensation after a one-car-wreck?

Many people may not realize that when you or a loved one is injured or killed in a single car accident, the injuries may not always be the driver’s fault.  A lack of crashworthiness may have caused the injury to be more severe. The brakes or stealing could have failed or a tire could have blown out.

Do not assume that single car wreck injuries are all your fault.  Before you allow the car to be removed from the tow yard, always seek advice from an Attorney who is familiar with Single Car Wreck Product Liability claims.  In one-car-wrecks, investigators are often able to examine a wrecked car and determine whether or not the vehicle or it’s lack of crashworthiness was a contributing factor to the injury or death.  For instance, in this tragic crash featured on Youtube, an attorney investigator would investigate “Roof Crush” Crashworthiness as well as other factors to see if they contributed to the severity of the injuries.

In instances where crashworthiness is a factor, you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer who failed to properly design or manufacture the vehicle.

Vehicle Preservation

I recently read an article about a single car accident that occured near Oxford, Mississippi in the Sun Herald where a young person tragically lost their life.  In a situation like this, it is vital for family members to act quickly to preserve the vehicle so that it can be examined by a competent professional.  While this is the worst possible time to be thinking about who is at fault, the evidence is vital to any crashworthiness claim survivors might pursue.  Preserving this evidence can be especially vital if the deceased family member was the family’s only source of support.

Click Here and Here to learn more about Crashworthiness.  You might be surprised at what car manufacturers can do to make your car safer.  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. (Update: NHTSA site is full of important driver safety information. Go check it out.)

If you or a loved one has been injured in a single car accident, we may be able to help.  Our office can begin the car wreck investigation while you take care of your family and begin the recovery process.

If you need help or just want discuss your situation, you can Call our office 24 Hours a day at  at 662-533-9111.  It costs you nothing to discuss your case with us.  No fee is charged unless a case is successful.