State Road 40 near Ormond Beach, was the scene of a horrific rollover accident Monday afternoon. Florida Highway Patrol indicated that an eastbound SUV was traveling along West State Road 40 when the right rear tire separated from the vehicle.
The loss of the tire caused the driver to lose control and enter the median, flipping into westbound lanes of traffic. The driver of the vehicle, a woman from Ocala, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Another female passenger was in the front seat and several children were in the back. None of the vehicle’s occupants were wearing seatbelts. Several of the children, ranging in age from 9 months to 9 years old, were also ejected from the vehicle. All of the surviving passengers were lifted out by helicopter to area hospitals with serious injuries.
Troopers closed down traffic for several hours in both directions while investigating the crash. The vehicle involved in the accident, a Ford SUV, was loaded onto a flat bed and hauled away. Officials will examine the vehicle to determine what the contributing factors were that led to the separation of the tire which ultimately caused the accident and loss of life for the driver.
There has been a lot of news in recent years about defects in vehicle parts, particularly air bags and tires, which may be defective or contribute to the magnitude of injuries sustained in an accident. The goal of any major car manufacturer is to provide a safe vehicle that owners can depend on while driving, or if they are involved in an accident. Vehicles are designed with safety measures in place to protect passengers when things go wrong on the road. When these safety devices do not perform as planned, the consequences can be deadly. Airbags that produce flying shrapnel and tires that spontaneously disintegrate at high speeds are just two examples of this phenomenon.
Though major auto manufacturers have placed recalls on many of these defective parts, many of the vehicles on the roads today may still be affected. At the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, we have a proven track record of helping victims of accidents caused by faulty vehicle manufacturing or defective parts. We can advise you of your rights as a victim and work to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that may have been the result of a vehicle defect, please give us a call today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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