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Driver Killed in a rollover crash while traveling on Minnich Road near Hoagland

ALLEN COUNTY, Indiana—An unidentified female driver was killed on October 5, 2022, around 9:00 a.m. in a rollover crash along Minnich Road, three miles north of Hoagland.

Reportedly, the woman was driving north on Minnich Road when, for reasons still unknown, her car veered off the road and rolled. The driver was killed in the crash.

The accident is currently under investigation. No other information was immediately available.

Further investigation may reveal that the vehicle was not crashworthy at the time of the accident

Sadly, our firm encounters many rollover accidents each year where the family assumes the legal system can be of no assistance because their loved one is responsible for their own death. This is not necessarily true. In fact, rollover accidents are foreseeable, meaning vehicle manufacturers are aware that their vehicles will be involved in these types of accidents. If car manufacturers fail to design vehicles to withstand foreseeable accidents, the family of victims killed in car wrecks may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer.

Although we are not privy to all the details of the accident, we know that the woman’s car rolled after leaving the roadway and that the driver was killed in the accident. One of the many questions an experienced attorney can help family members resolve is whether the woman’s death may have been prevented, regardless of whether the accident was avoidable. A first step to answering such a question is to have the vehicle involved in the crash inspected to determine if the vehicle was crashworthy and whether the vehicle’s safety features performed as designed.

A failure in the vehicle or its safety features, such as its airbags, seatbelts, or roof structure, may subject the manufacturer to liability for a death these features are designed to prevent. Indeed, manufacturers are obligated to consumers to ensure their vehicles are designed for safety. Should a further investigation uncover any wrongdoing in this accident, our firm can assist the victim’s family in navigating the legal complexities of bringing a claim against the vehicle’s manufacturer. If the vehicle was not crashworthy, the manufacturer should be responsible for its failure to protect an unsuspecting consumer from a foreseeable crash.

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