VINELAND, Mn. — A rollover accident on Highway 169 injured Brainerd resident Christina Carol Helmin on Jan. 6.
The accident was reported at 9:27 a.m. in Kathio Township, north of Vineland, Minnesota. Helmin’s 2007 Chevy Malibu rolled while traveling southbound on Highway 169, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Helmin was transported to Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia with non-life-threatening injuries.
Helmin was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident. However, it was reported the vehicle’s airbags did not deploy. Snow and ice-covered roads may have contributed to this accident.
Commentary on the rollover accident in Vineland, Minnesota.
I am pleased to learn Ms. Christina Carol Helmin survived this accident. Far too often, those involved in rollover accidents are not so fortunate. I hope Ms. Helmin can make a full and speedy recovery as she moves forward from this very serious episode in her life.
My firm specializes in product defect law. When an automobile or other product fails to perform as designed, my firm represents the victims whose injuries were caused or exasperated by the defective product. It is challenging to discern precisely what happened in this accident without conducting a detailed investigation of the vehicle. However, I find it alarming that the airbags in Ms. Helmin's vehicle failed to deploy once the rollover sequence had been initiated.
In connection with other safety features, airbags protect the occupant’s survival space by preventing life-ending blows to the head and other vital organs. Airbags are an essential form of protection in a rollover accident and are designed to activate within the first 10-20 milliseconds of the rollover sequence. When airbags fail to deploy, the vehicle’s occupants are unprotected from post-accident impacts and are subject to fatal blows from internal and external objects. Unfortunately, Ms. Helmin did not receive such protection when the vehicle’s airbags failed to deploy as designed.
A detailed investigation will need to be conducted to determine why Ms. Helmin’s vehicle failed to operate as intended.
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