Slick surfaces resulted in a rollover early on December 9 in the Cox Road area of Crawford County. The driver lost control, went into a ditch, flipped and travelled another 30 feet before coming to rest. The driver was able to exit the vehicle and refused medical treatment. Unfortunately, accidents like this are all too common during the winter months in Pennsylvania when roads are icy or otherwise slick from freezing rain.
Slippery Conditions Increase Car Accident Risk
In the worst case situations, individuals can cause accidents with other vehicles or pedestrians or cyclists leading to critical injuries. Along with slippery conditions, motorists should be watchful for tire wear and defects. These cause over 400 deaths every single year, almost half of them from rollover incidents involving larger vehicles. Checking your tires and doing regular winter maintenance on your vehicle can be essential for preventing accidents and keeping you out of harm’s way.
Tire Failures Also Common
Tires might fail as a result of chunking, separation of tread from sidewall, cracking or sudden loss of air pressure, all potentially resulting from severe injury and possible legal redress against manufacturers. In order to determine whether you have a product liability claim against a manufacturer and a potential claim against a negligent driver, you need to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney.
In 2002, the Transportation Recall Enhancement Accountability and Documentation Act was written, requiring the reporting of possible defects and, among other things, enhanced tire labeling and rollover testing with results published.
If you believe that you have been a victim of a preventable car accident that was the fault of another driver’s negligence or a defective part on your car, you need to consult with an Erie personal injury attorney. Do not hesitate to get help as finding out whether you have a claim now can be extremely helpful for your case. Get your questions answered by scheduling a free, confidential consultation today.