A tragic rollover crash claimed the lives of two people in Waterford Township. The accident occurred near the Coventina Day Spa in the 10700 block of Route 19 around 3:19 p.m. on August 20, 2020. The 29-year-old driver, Brandon Mosco, died at the accident scene.
Emergency responders transported the passenger, 28-year-old Gianna Marzullo from Erie, to UPMC Hamot after the accident. She died a few days later from injuries sustained in the rollover crash.
Mosco lost control of the 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee and crossed into the southbound lane of Route 19. It is unknown why he lost control of the vehicle. The Jeep struck a guard rail and culvert before entering a ditch and flipping over. The vehicle came to rest on its roof.
According to the police, Mosco was partially ejected from the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt.
A Rollover Crash Can Be Deadly
A rollover crash can be one of the deadliest types of traffic accidents. Even when the occupants are wearing seat belts, they can be ejected from the vehicle if the seat belt releases or malfunctions. The injuries sustained from being thrown from the vehicle or being crushed as the vehicle rolls over are often fatal.
When the occupants remain the vehicle, a rollover crash can still result in catastrophic injuries and death. The impact crushes the vehicle’s roof and sides inward. In many cases, the crash pins the occupants between the metal frame and the interior of the car. The crushing injuries can result in immediate death. Traumatic brain injuries from the vehicle’s roof crushing down onto the occupants can be deadly.
For those who survive a rollover crash, recovery can be lengthy and difficult. Injuries that are common in a rollover accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractures and multiple broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Neck and back injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Chest injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Facial injuries and disfigurement
In some cases, a victim of a rollover accident may require lifelong personal and medical care. They may never return to work or be able to enjoy the same quality of life they enjoyed before the car accident.
Why Do Rollover Accidents Happen?
Whether it is a single-vehicle accident or there are multiple vehicles involved in the crash, many of the same factors lead to a rollover accident. Common reasons for rollover crashes include:
- Excessive speed
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence
- Improper lane changes and passing
- Poor weather conditions
- Road hazards
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued and drowsy driving
- Tipping hazards
In many cases, an event causes the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle encounters a tipping hazard that causes the vehicle to roll over, such as the shoulder of the road or a curb. In other cases, a driver may jerk the wheel of the vehicle and overcorrects, which can cause the vehicle to flip over.
Victims of a rollover accident may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. They may have a claim against the driver, another motorist, or another third party. An Erie car accident attorney can investigate the accident to identify the parties responsible for the crash.
Contact an Erie Rollover Accident Attorney for Help
If you sustained injuries in a rollover accident, we want to help. Call The Travis Law Firm at (800) 401-2066 to schedule your free legal consultation with a rollover accident lawyer in Erie.