Each week or so the Arkansas Democrat reports on car accidents across Arkansas that result in fatalities. This article from June 9, 2020 reports on multiple fatal collisions. The ones that do not involve another vehicle are always mysterious because there is often no explanation given for the cause.
For example, it was reported that a single-vehicle crash in Stone County resulted in the death of a 53-year-old man when his vehicle crossed the centerline, entered a ditch, struck a utility pole and overturned. Another man, also 53, was alone in Drew County when his vehicle “lost control,” entered a ditch and struck two different trees.
Many people assume that these types of wrecks involve alcohol, particularly when they are after a certain hour at night. Other people assume they are caused by distractive driving or texting and driving. It is well known that drinking and driving along with texting and driving lead to deathly results. Sometimes people have medical conditions that cause these types of accidents and other times the driver falls asleep. Other times people just lose control of their vehicles because of the speed or the conditions.
Most people (and police) fail to consider that these deadly single car or truck wrecks are caused by a defect in the vehicle itself. Toyota has settled 537 cases since 2014 as a result of sudden acceleration that resulted in deaths or catastrophic injuries. It has been well known over the last several years that vehicle manufacturers have faced multiple recalls and lawsuits as a result of producing cars that have sudden acceleration issues. It was reported in September of 2019 that GM was forced by the federal government to recall 3.4 million trucks and SUVs as a result of a failure in its power braking system. The recall covers the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2014 through 2018 model years. Also included are the Cadillac Escalade from 2015 to 2017, and the GMC Yukon and Chevy Suburban and Tahoe from 2015 through 2018.
In addition to sudden acceleration and braking issues, manufacturers also are often responsible when a vehicle fails to protect its driver and passengers because of roof crushing. There are requirements that every car and truck must be able to withstand when a vehicle rolls regardless of the cause. These “roof crush” cases often involve death or catastrophic injuries. There are examples all over the internet which show repeated failures of the roofs of vehicles that should not occur and result in serious injuries.
The most important event that occurs in these types of cases is the preservation of the car or truck. If that is lost, then the case is typically lost. So, it is important that an attorney is contacted as quickly as possible after a collision has occurred in which there is a suspicion that it may have been caused by a defect in the vehicle.
The Keith Law Group has proudly represented numerous people who were injured because of car and truck vehicle defects, single vehicle collision, roof crush cases and seat belt failure. We represent clients from Northwest Arkansas, Central Arkansas, and the Arkansas Delta in single car wreck cases—and with our proven results, and focus on personal attention to our clients’ needs, we will make sure your case gets the treatment it deserves.
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