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One person was killed in a rollover accident on Highway 53

HOLMEN, Wisconsin—One person was killed in a rollover crash around 4:11 p.m. on Highway 53 near Holmen on September 11, 2022.

According to police reports, a single vehicle rolled over just north of Highway 35 and Highway 53 interchange. When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they discovered only one person in the vehicle, deceased. The name of the person has not been released.

The investigation into this crash is ongoing. No further information was made available.

If the vehicle was not crashworthy, the family of the deceased may have a right to recover against the manufacturer

Although many people may quickly assume that the driver of the vehicle was entirely responsible for this crash, a single-vehicle accident such as this one may have been caused by factors outside the driver’s control. Therefore, further investigation into the cause of the crash is necessary before fault can be ascribed to the appropriate party or parties.

For instance, the vehicle may have experienced a tire blowout, causing the vehicle to veer off-course and rollover. Sadly, tire blowouts are common occurrences within the U.S. and are a leading cause of many fatal accidents. Tire failures can be a result of poor manufacturing or improper installation, but they can be incredibly hard to designate as the cause of an accident without a thorough investigation into the manufacturing of the tire and/or the tire repair shop that installed the tire.

Alternatively, the severity of the crash may have been worsened depending on the crashworthiness of the vehicle. Indeed, all car manufacturers are required to test each make and model in production for safety, including subjecting cars to rollover tests to measure the impact on passengers in the car. Unfortunately, not all cars offer satisfactory protection for rollover victims. For example, the car’s roof structure may be susceptible to crumpling, leaving anyone trapped inside the car during a rollover at risk of serious head injury and death. If the car did not provide the victim with sufficient protection during the rollover crash, the family of this victim may hold the manufacturer liable for cutting corners on safety.

To determine whether the victim of this crash was killed after a tire failed or due to inadequate manufacturing, experienced attorneys must first take an independent look at all evidence gathered by police and conduct their own independent investigation into the cause of the accident. Our firm offers free investigatory services to families of car crash victims, and we also provide legal strategies regarding recovery through the court system after investigations have been completed. Should any wrongdoing be present, the victim’s family can move forward and pursue justice for their loved one.

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