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Oxford, MS Single Car Accidents

Roberts Wilson, P.A. | July 3, 2011

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 substantially worse or killed. Other examples tire failures and seat-back failures.

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

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 injuries to be substantially worse. The brakes or steering could have failed or a tire could have blown out (or) the metal reinforcements could have failed or not even been installed, weakening the vehicle safety features.

Never assume that single car wreck injuries are all your or the driver’s 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 an attorney investigator would investigate “Roof Crush” or “Seat-back” Crashworthiness as well as other factors to see if they contributed to the severity of the injuries or death.

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

In a single car accident case, 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, this evidence is vital to any crashworthiness claim victims or survivors might want pursue.  Preserving this evidence can be especially vital if the deceased family member was the family’s only source of support.  We always recommend that grieving family members and care givers find someone close to them who is the least affected or distraught to help them take care of things in the immediate aftermath of an accident. It needs to be a responsible adult the family can trust and someone who can act quickly to preserve evidence.

Visit the National Highway Safety Administration crashworthiness page to learn more.

Contact our office to discuss investigating your claim as soon as possible. Our office can begin the crash investigation while you take care of your family and begin the recovery and healing 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 ever charged unless a case is successful.