Weslaco, Texas – A single-vehicle crash resulted in the loss of a young man’s life.
The accident occurred on Tuesday night at approximately 5:42 p.m. along FM 1017, west of FM 681, north of Edinburg in Hidalgo County.
Preliminary findings suggest that a black 2009 Nissan Frontier was traveling along FM 1017 when it veered off the roadway. In an attempt to correct the vehicle’s path, the driver overcompensated, causing the Nissan to skid off the road and rollover.
The driver of the Nissan, identified as 27-year-old Eliseo Andrade of Edinburg, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
A deeper Investigation Needed to Determine the Cause of the Rollover Accident that Took the Life of a Man
Rollover collisions are among some of the deadliest of accidents. Even though they account for less than 3 percent of vehicle accidents, they are responsible for 20 percent of fatalities in car crashes (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). This is a scary statistic. Because these types of accidents are so deadly, it is crucial to understand and investigate all possible causes and contributing factors of these types of crashes.
When we hear of a rollover accident, we often think the driver is at fault. While this is true for many cases, there are a lot of instances where other factors play a role or cause the accident. In addition, some rollover accidents fall under product liability — this is where it can get tricky and complex.
In product liability incidents, the law is concerned not only with the cause of the accident but also with the cause of the injury. In product liability, a defect in the vehicle may have caused the injury or death to happen. Let’s take a seatbelt that failed to restrain (of course, considering the person was wearing their seatbelt), a roof that crushes into the occupant’s space, or a tire blowout that caused the driver to lose control. These are all examples of manufacturing defects that can lead to deadly consequences.
We have handled over 300 cases where the driver or passenger in a vehicle was injured or killed because the vehicle’s seat belts, airbags, or roof failed to protect the occupants. We have handled cases involving very similar Nissan vehicles as the one involved here where the roof crushed in and killed the driver. This is unacceptable. When manufacturing companies fail the public by producing and distributing defective vehicles, they must be held accountable for the injuries and deaths caused by their products.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Eliseo Andrade Jr. during this profoundly difficult time.
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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