BERGEN, MINNESOTA – 19-year-old Haley Jean Ambrose of Windom, Minnesota, was injured in a rollover accident on Highway 71 in Jackson County.
According to reports, Ambrose was traveling southbound on Highway 71 around 6:30 am when she lost control of her 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, causing the vehicle to enter the ditch and roll over.
According to authorities, Ambrose sustained unspecified injuries and was transported to Windom Hospital for treatment.
No further information was immediately available.
This accident will need to be investigated to determine if the vehicle was crashworthy
Most folks know that innocent motorists injured in a multi-vehicle accident can recover the cost of their medical bills and other damages from the negligent party. However, when it comes to rollovers and other single-vehicle accidents, many folks think an injured motorist is no avenue of recovery for their injuries and damages. This is not necessarily true, particularly in rollover accidents involving older-model vehicles.
Auto manufacturers have a duty to produce vehicles that provide ample protection during foreseeable accidents. Rollover accidents are highly foreseeable and occur with alarming frequency. As such, Chrysler and other auto manufacturers are required to produce vehicles that can protect motorists in the event of a rollover accident. This concept is known as crashworthiness, and when an auto manufacturer produces a vehicle that is not crashworthy, it may be liable to the injured motorist for the injuries and damages sustained in the crash.
To determine if the PT Cruiser in this crash provided adequate protection to Ms. Ambrose in this rollover accident, the vehicle will need to be inspected by trained auto defect attorneys with experience handling rollover cases. It is important that the vehicle be preserved to ensure the vehicle can be examined in its post-accident condition. Trained attorneys, with the help of industry experts, will determine if the roof crushed into Ms. Ambrose’s survival space, causing preventable injuries. While these cases are difficult, they can provide victims of serious injuries an avenue of financial recovery to rebuild their lives and cover the costs of needed medical care.
I am thankful that this young woman survived this accident and pray she can make a full and speedy recovery from her injuries.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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