Out of State Rollover Accident Kills Texas Woman

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 11-Oct-2011

A Texas woman was killed from injuries caused by an SUV rollover last week, when her husband lost control of their Ford Escape and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to become airborne and flip, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol officials.

After being extracted from the SUV, 67-year-old Rita Tompkins, of Manual, Texas was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Authorities on the scene believe Reuben Tompkins, Rita’s husband, lost control after encountering a dip in the road.

Reuben Tompkins endured minor injuries as a result of the SUV rollover and was checked out at the scene of the crash.

Officials do not believe alcohol or speed were a factor in the rollover accident.

Rollover accidents are more common in SUV’s and trucks because of higher center of gravity and reduced stability. While rollover accidents are a dangerous occurrence, the lack of protection provided to drivers in the space between the roof and the neck and head region can prove fatal for most victims.

Weak design and manufacturing techniques as well and minimal regulatory requirements make rollover accidents a source of dangerous neck injuries, spinal injuries and brain injury among passengers and drivers involved. More stringent regulations are necessary to protect consumers from the threat of rollover crashes and the crushing blow of collapsing roofs.

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


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