Two Injured in Two Seperate Texas Rollover Accidents
Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 26-Sep-2011
Two separate vehicle rollovers resulted in two injuries last Wednesday near Seguin, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said.
According to troopers, a Chevrolet S-10 Blazer veered off U.S. Highway 90 and hit a mail box. Reports note that the driver may have overcorrected after striking the mailbox, sending the blazer across the highway, rolling over into a steep ditch nearby.
The driver was airlifted to San Antonio’s University Hospital with serious, but not life threatening, injuries, authorities said.
A separate rollover occurred just hours later as a Guadalupe County Road and Bridge employee rolled a tanker.
Fifty-four-year-old Stanley Smith veered on SM 466, his vehicle landing on its roof. Officials think he may have been trying to avoid another vehicle on the road when he lost control and overcorrected into a ditch.
In addition to having an unstable design, the tanker driven by Smith was filled with water, making it even more vulnerable to a rollover accident.
Smith was transported to University Medical Center -Brackenridge Seton in Austin, Texas via airlift, DPS troopers said. The status of his injuries is unknown, though the truck was totaled in the accident.
With a variety of causes sparking rollover accidents in Texas, there are some steps drivers may take they could help them avoid rollover accidents and steer clear of the injuries accompanying roof crush accidents.
Tripped vs. Untripped Rollover Accidents
Rollovers can be provoked by a couple different causes: tripped or untripped. Tripped rollover accidents can be caused when the vehicle gets hung up on a type of terrain, curb or even a guardrail. An “untripped” rollover occurs when a top heavy vehicle is over corrected or jerked in order to avoid harm’s way. SUV’s, trucks and vehicle with higher centers of gravity are at a high risk for this type of rollover. While some accidents cannot always be avoided due to poor vehicle design, defects or negligent drivers sharing the roads, vehicle operators can take the following steps to offer some protection.
- Avoid distractions that take your attention from the road.
- Be a defensive driver and stay prepared for the unexpected.
- Become more familiar with your vehicle, especially if it is at a high risk for rollovers. Know the reactions of your car, truck or SUV.
Rollover Accident Attorneys in Texas
If you or someone you love has been injured in a rollover accident, call our experienced car accident 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