Killeen Man Dies From Rollover Induced Head Injuries

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 19-Sep-2011

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A 45-year-old Killeen man died after enduring head injuries following a single-car rollover accident, Saturday morning, representatives of the Killeen Police Department said.

Willie Lewis Adams, Jr. was driving westbound on U.S. 190 when he struck the center barrier and his 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe flipped, rolling across eastbound lanes. He was wearing his seatbelt, police said.

Adams was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 3:10 a.m. by Bill Coooke, Justice of the Peace, said city officials.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, witnesses noted.

More Than 8,000 People Die in Single Vehicle Rollover Crashes Every Year

Light trucks and SUV’s are at a particular risk for rollovers. Although high percentages of head and spinal injuries that occur as a result of rollovers are tied to ejection from the vehicle, passengers and drivers may also experience such injuries caused by roof crush.

If head and core injuries occur in the victim of a rollover accident, defects in the vehicle design, support pillars and roof are sometimes to blame.

Comprised of sheet metal and littered with notches, dimples and holes, roofs can sometimes buckle upon impact, causing injury to the head and spine. Although very new vehicles may be outfitted with stronger design elements, drivers and passengers are still at risk of enduring head and spinal injuries if a rollover accident occurs. Some of the more common instances of roof crush are caused by:

•· Defective or inadequate roof structure: Weak design and poor quality materials can provoke roofs to cave and crush, injuring the head, neck, brain and/or spinal cord.

•· Weak safety devices: some roof pillars are connected to safety belts, causing the mechanism to fail and increasing risk of ejection.

•· Lacking vehicle crash protection requirements: standards for manufacturers should be more stringent, protecting drivers from severe head and neck injuries with adequate design elements and strong materials.

The roof of a vehicle should be designed to promote a space of safety for occupants, protecting them from the forceful impact of a rollover

If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a rollover accident, call our accident attorneys in Killeen, Austin, San Antonio and statewide Texas at 888-335-7492, contact us online or visit one of our 11 law offices in Texas for a free consultation today.

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