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"M.A.," a 30-year-old man, was driving to work in New Mexico. Suddenly a commercial truck veered across the center line and struck his vehicle head on. M.A. died at the scene. The McNeely Stephenson firm was hired shortly after the crash to represent the family of the deceased.

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Tire Tread Separation

Motor vehicle accidents take the lives of thousands of people each year – more than 33,000 in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. One type of accident has a higher fatality rate than any other kind, and that’s a rollover crash. While rollovers occur in only about 2% of accidents, they account for nearly 35% of the deaths in passenger vehicle crashes. In 2010 alone, more than 7,600 people died in rollover crashes.

Rollovers are categorized as either tripped or un-tripped. A tripped rollover happens when a vehicle leaves the road, sliding sideways and digging its tires into a soft surface like soil, or when it strikes something like a curb or guardrail. Most single-vehicle rollovers – 95 percent – are tripped. Most untripped rollovers happen when a vehicle going at a high speed maneuvers sharply, as when trying to avoid a collision. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that nearly 85% of all rollover-related fatalities are the result of single-vehicle crashes, not wrecks involving other vehicles that may have caused the roll.

Factors contributing to rollovers

Tire failures, like tread separation, can cause a vehicle rollover. So can defective design of the vehicle itself or its suspension system. When the SUV or other vehicle is inherently unstable by design, rollover accidents may give rise to a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Product liability cases are complex and time-consuming; they require extensive investigation and expert testimony. Many lawyers don’t want to take on such a case, and many injured people are fearful that they don’t have the financial resources to pursue one.

Let us put our resources to work for you.

Indianapolis car accident attorney Mike Stephenson has the resources of the law firm of McNeely Stephenson at his disposal. If you have a good case – and a FREE evaluation will show whether you do – you can hand the worry over to the firm and let their resources back you up. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident, call Mike Stephenson at 855-206-2555.

Design Improvements

Because of their high center of gravity, SUVs have been notorious for their risk of rolling over. The automobile industry has developed electronic stability control (ESC) systems to compensate for the instability of SUVs and pickup trucks. NHTSA estimates that ESC has the potential to prevent 64 percent of passenger car rollovers and 85 percent of SUV rollovers in single-vehicle crashes. These safety devices became mandatory equipment in all vehicles, regardless of size, produced after 2011. The problem is, there are still many vehicles on the road that lack this safety feature.

In addition, in recent years automakers have made SUVs more stable by lowering the center of gravity.

Rollover Ratings

Even though SUV designers have improved their rollover risk (and only for new models, at that), SUVs aren’t the only vehicles on the road that can have rollover accidents. According to a June 2011 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, of vehicles from model years 2005 to 2008, these are the worst for rollover deaths:

  • Nissan Titan pickup
  • Nissan 350Z sports car
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse compact car
  • Chevrolet Aveo subcompact car
  • Nissan Versa sedan
  • Pontiac Solstice convertible
  • Dodge Ram trucks
  • Chevrolet Colorado small trucks
  • Mazda 5 stationwagon.

As you can see, just because your family vehicle is not an SUV doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk for a rollover accident.


real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

Trusted advisors. Proven advocates.

Mike Stephenson, Indiana rollover accident lawyer, can help you recover the compensation you deserve if you have been hurt in this type of wreck. Even if the rollover was not a fatal accident, it may have caused severe injuries. If it happened because of a defective design or faulty manufacturing, by the automaker or the manufacturer of the tires or suspension system, we may be able to secure compensation for you that will help you get back on your feet.

The attorneys of McNeely Stephenson have been successfully litigating personal injury cases in Indiana since 1982. We know how to conduct a thorough investigation into an accident’s causes. Our many decades of representing Hoosiers injured in car crashes has helped us build a network of medical experts, economists and others who can assist in documenting a victim’s injuries and financial losses.

Aggressive courtroom advocates and tenacious settlement negotiators, our Indiana car accident lawyers will fight for your rights when you have been harmed in a rollover accident on an Indiana highway.

Contact McNeely Stephenson at 855-206-2555 or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation.

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