LUBBOCK, TEXAS – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released the identities of the individuals involved in a rollover crash in Hockley County, resulting in one fatality and two individuals sustaining serious injuries. The incident took place on Thursday Evening.
According to DPS, the vehicle involved in the crash was traveling in a southwest direction on US 62, occupying the inside westbound lane when it suddenly “swerved right for an unknown reason.”
Subsequently, the vehicle traversed across the outside westbound lane and ended up in the west ditch. During the course of the accident, the vehicle rotated clockwise, entered into a left-side skid, and rolled over an unspecified number of times before finally coming to rest upside down, facing northeast on the east side of the railroad tracks.
Daniel Alvarado, 66, a resident of Brownfield, lost his life in the crash. The driver of the vehicle, Santiago Miranda, 69, also from Brownfield, suffered serious injuries in the crash. Additionally, Felix Cerna, 73, of Lubbock, sustained serious injuries during the accident.
Rollover Accidents Must be Investigated to Determine If the Occupants Were Provided Adequate Protection
Images of a rollover accident scare even the most fearless drivers. And with good cause. Rollover collisions cause some of the deadliest accidents. In fact, rollovers are responsible for 20 percent of fatalities in car crashes, even though they generate less than 3 percent of vehicle accidents (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Although single drivers are often to blame for rollover accidents, these collisions can have other contributing factors that lead to an accident, injury, or death, like a manufacturing defect.
When you drive your vehicle, you assume (rightfully so) that your car was built to withstand road conditions and made with the highest safety standards in place. You expect your seatbelts to restrain, airbags to deploy, and tires to stay in place. In the unfortunate event of an accident, you also expect your roof to remain intact and not collapse. When manufacturers fail to provide these minimum safety requirements and produce and distribute defective products that do not operate as intended, they can be liable for their actions.
Thankfully, the law is concerned with the safety of all motorists. This is why the law examines the cause of the accident and the cause of the injury to determine all parties responsible for injuries or death. So, if a roof crushes into an occupant’s space or a tire blowout causes a driver to lose control, the manufacturer can be held responsible for its defective product.
These cases are often complex and require trained professionals and lawyers who can conduct a thorough investigation. The law is here to protect families who suffer the unexpected loss of a loved one and injured victims who must live their lives with life-altering 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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