Archive for March, 2012

Mississippi Forklift Accidents Cause Serious Injuries

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

According to OSHA (Operational Safety and Health Administration), it is estimated that approximately 100 fatalities occur each year as the result of accidents involving a forklift.  Another 61,800 forklift operators suffer injuries as a result of accidents involving a forklift each year with an estimated 34,900 of those injuries being classified as serious.  Approximately 856,000 forklifts are in operation in the United States alone so based on the above statistics 11 percent of these forklifts are involved in an accident of some type.

A forklifts operational life is about 8 years.  During that time, there is a significant probability of the forklift driver being involved in an accident and sustaining a serious injury.  We have provided a breakdown of the most common types of forklift accident injuries that a driver may suffer in a forklift accident:

  • 42% – The vehicle tips over and the forklift operator is crushed.
  • 25% – The forklift operator is crushed between the vehicle and another surface
  • 11% – A person other than the forklift driver is crushed between the forklift and another vehicle
  • 8% – The forklift operator or another person are struck by falling material
  • A small percentage involve a fall from a platform on the machine’s forks

OSHA requires that all forklift operators receive adequate and appropriate training.  Without proper training, both forklift drivers and those they come into contact with are at an increased risk of injury or death in a forklift accident. Mississippi state law requires that all forklift operators complete a training and evaluation program prior to receiving certification in the operation of a forklift.  Training is provided by a qualified instructor utilizing OSHA standards for safety.  Further, companies employing forklift operators are responsible for evaluating a driver’s skills prior to allowing its drivers to operate the equipment.  Thereafter, forklift operators should be re-evaluated every three years. Should new equipment replace older equipment, training should be implemented to ensure all forklift operators keep their skills up to date.

Without proper training, or when safety regulations and standards are disregarded, accidents, sometimes fatal ones, will occur.

Below are some of the injuries that can result from an accident involving a forklift:

  • Broken bones and internal injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Amputation
  • Spinal Cord injuries

Forklifts can easily overturn due to an unbalanced load; drivers can be thrown from a forklift and pinned beneath it; and the load a forklift is carrying may topple over, injuring either the driver or another person who is in close proximity.

Every employee has the right to work in a safe environment and employers are obligated to provide a work environment that is safe, protected and as free from the occurrence of accidents as possible. The only way to accomplish this is for employers to strictly adhere to all safety standards and regulations.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has died in an accident involving a forklift you may whether in an industrial plant, warehouse, construction site or any other site, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from your employer.  However, sometimes these benefits are woefully inadequate to compensate your fully for your economic and emotional injuries.  Our Mississippi forklift accident attorneys may be able to represent you in bringing a personal injury lawsuit against third parties whose carelessness or lack of attention contributed to your forklift accident.

Are GPS Devices Just as Dangerous as Cell Phones When Driving?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

According to studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver distraction is estimated to be the cause of approximately 25-30% of all vehicle accidents in the United States each year.  One cause of driver distraction is GPS tracking devices, which are an indirect cause of automobile accidents but contribute to driver inattention in the following ways:

GPS voice command has been disabled

Disabling (turning off) the audio voice function of a GPS tracking device forces the driver to physically look at the device in order to determine its data output – this means that drivers must avert their eyes and divert their attention from the road.

Command input while driving

Attempting to input coordinates or commands into the GPS tracking device while the vehicle is moving is similar to talking or texting on a mobile phone while driving.

The statistical link between GPS tracking devices and automobile accidents is a clear indication that many drivers rely heavily on their GPS unit to locate their destination.  Sometimes this reliance can lead to a more confused driver because the unit’s maps may be out-dated or may not accurately reflect new road construction.  Additionally, communication errors are common and may be caused by the satellite signal being blocked.  When a driver is concentrating on a GPS or relying heavily on it when driving in an unfamiliar area, the driver can experience confusion and anxiety that increases the risk of a Mississippi distracted driving accident.

GPS devices are commonly used throughout the United States in privately owned vehicles as well as commercial vehicles.  When GPS devices are used correctly and safely, they can greatly benefit drivers by saving both time and money.  Additionally, the installation of a GPS unit in commercial vehicles may contribute to a reduction in the company’s insurance premiums.  The installation of a GPS unit in commercial trucks also allows the company to track their fleet traffic as well as assist in locating and tracking individual drivers.

All drivers, both private and commercial, should exercise the utmost caution when using a GPS device to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of others.  Drivers should exercise common sense when using a GPS device – never taking their eyes from the road to read the output generated by a GPS device and always bringing the vehicle to a complete and safe stop prior to entering the coordinates of a location into the GPS unit.

The incorporation of GPS devices in many smart phones also has contributed to the ineffectiveness of many cell phone driving laws.  Because using a GPS device while driving is not prohibited for non-commercial drivers anywhere in the U.S., it can be difficult for law enforcement to differentiate between prohibited uses of a cell phone and those like GPS functions that are permitted.  Ironically, there has been a widespread movement to restrict or ban cell phone use while driving because of the widely recognized risk associated with texting or talking and driving.  However, it is legitimate to wonder whether those who use a GPS device without exercising extreme caution are creating just as great a risk.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has died in an accident involving a driver distracted by a GPS device, our Mississippi distracted driving attorneys may be able to help. If you or a family member is injured in a Mississippi distracted driving accident, the experienced districted driving accident attorneys at Barrett Law may be able to represent you in seeking financial compensation for any injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one.  At the Barrett Law Offices PLLC, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Preventing Pedestrian Crosswalk Accidents in Mississippi

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Although many believe utilizing marked crosswalks to be the safe way to cross through a roadway intersection, recent studies indicate that crosswalk accidents are a fairly common cause of road fatalities – when a pedestrian is struck by an automobile, serious or fatal injuries frequently occur.  Crosswalk intersection accidents typically result from driver negligence. Drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs, distracted by mobile phone use or proceed through an intersection at an excessive rate of speed, all pose a tremendous threat to pedestrians.

Crosswalks are designed to be safe havens that protect passenger particularly when they are not crossing against traffic signals.  Unfortunately, when inattentive or careless drivers do not pay careful attention at intersections, pedestrians can pay an enormous price.  Pedestrians who are struck by cars, trucks or SUVs at intersections frequently suffer permanent debilitating injuries, such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, internal organ injury and other serious and even life-threatening injuries.

Despite the objective of crosswalks, which is to provide a relatively safe haven for pedestrians, there may be multiple parties that contribute to a serious intersection collision.  Motorists that violate traffic safety laws and fail to watch the road, blow through stop signs or red lights or drive too fast to stop at intersections or failing to observe pedestrian right of way are the most typical cause of collisions in crosswalks.  When a driver fails to exercise reasonable care by hitting pedestrians who are lawfully crossing in an intersection crosswalk, this may be the basis for a legal claim based on negligence against the driver.

Many times the design of the intersection itself may play a substantial role in causing pedestrian accidents.  Lights may change too quickly from “walk” to “don’t walk” making it difficult for those who walk slower to cross the street safely.  It is no coincidence that the elderly have a higher rate of being involved in pedestrian accidents than many other age groups.

While sometimes defective design characteristics or poor maintenance may make an intersection unsafe, other times public entities may have evidence that an intersection is particularly hazardous for pedestrians and fail to act.  If there have been an unusually high number of pedestrian accidents at a particular intersection, this may put a public entity on notice that there is a problem.  If the public entity fails to take remedial measures this may be the basis for imposing liability.  One option in such a situation is to put raised buttons in the road that the driver will hear and feel when driving over them.  Alternatively, a stop sign may be equipped with flashing yellow lights or flashing yellow lights may be installed on the ground in the vicinity of the intersection to help attract the driver’s attention.  Studies indicate that drivers are more likely to acknowledge flashing lights in an intersection and adjust their speed/driving accordingly.

If you or a family member is injured in a pedestrian intersection collision, the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Barrett Law may be able to represent you in seeking financial compensation for any injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one.  At the Barrett Law Offices PLLC, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

The Life Changing Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

There are approximately 20,000 spinal cord injuries in the United States every year with an estimated 52 percent of these injuries resulting in someone becoming paraplegic and approximately 47 percent of victims being left quadriplegic.

Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injury are as follows:

  • 37% Automobile Accidents
  • 28% Violence
  • 21% Falls
  • 6% Sports Related Injuries
  • 8% All Other

Long term medical and rehabilitative expenses for this type of serious injury range from $500,000 to in excess of $3,000,000 over the victim’s lifetime. This estimated range does not, unfortunately, include costs associated with permanent disability, the need for long term care or the personal loss of one’s quality of life.  These astronomical medical expenses are even more oppressive because a spinal cord injury victim may be unable to continue in the same occupation or may even be completely disabled.

Whether you have suffered a spinal cord injury in a severe Mississippi car accident, a physical assault or a fall from a scaffolding or ladder, an experienced Mississippi spinal cord injury attorney can help you navigate the potential legal and insurance pitfalls that can undermine your accident claim.  If you suffer the type of life-altering consequences that result from a spinal injury suffered in a car accident, it is important to obtain legal advice immediately to protect your rights to legal compensation for medical, financial, physical and emotional losses and expenses.

An experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney will have experience working with accident reconstruction experts, life planners, medical experts and forensic accountants or economist to develop the most compelling case for a jury.  Accident reconstruction experts can assist the jury in understanding the physical dynamics and fault in the collision so that the jury can determine the reason that the defendant’s unsafe driving behavior caused your spinal injury.  Medical experts can provide evidence to combat claims by the insurance company for the other driver that your injuries are not serious.  Life planners and economists can communicate the limitations on your quality of life, ability to work and supportive care needs as well as the projected cost of this and other losses.

If you or someone you love suffers a serious spinal injury in a Mississippi car accident or through other negligent or intentional misconduct, our experienced Mississippi spinal cord injury attorney understand the financial, physical and emotional obstacles that you face. At the Barrett Law Offices PLLC, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Cell Phone Bans Reduce Distracted Driving Accidents . . . Or Do They?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

There is little dispute that cell phone use while driving is a substantial factor in many distracted driving car accidents in Mississippi. Federal agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have even compared talking and texting on a cell phone when driving to driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Many states have attempted to address this danger by enacting bans and limits on the use of cell phones while driving. While it is reasonable to assume that these restrictions on texting or talking while driving would reduce car accidents, a puzzling study suggest that these laws have done little to reduce the number of cell phone related car accidents.  The study reported on CNN indicated that cell phone bans in three states and Washington DC have not had an impact on auto accident rates.

The researchers who conducted the study were puzzled by the results because there is a wealth of evidence indicating that cell phone use increases auto accident rates.  Further, the study found that cell phone driving bans did reduce the use of handheld cell phones while driving. Despite these findings, the accident rate in the states studied did not fluctuate before and after the ban nor was the accident rate for Washington DC different than that of Maryland or Virginia that do not have cell phone bans.

One theory to explain the unexpected results of this recent study is that many drivers continue to use Bluetooth devices in the face of a hands-free cell phone use ban.  Several studies have shown that there is no substantial difference in the danger posed by using a cell phone while driving whether one uses a Bluetooth device or a handheld cell phone.

Studies indicate that cell phone use while driving increases the risk of being involved in a collision by a factor of 400 percent.  It appears that the real problem is that the challenge in implementing bans on cell phone use is actually eliminating this driving distraction.  Because hands-free bans do not appear to be effective, it may take a complete ban on all cell phone use while driving to prevent this form of Mississippi distracted driving accident. The increasing sophistication of smartphones has created an unlimited variety of applications that may be used by someone with a cell phone, which may cause them to take their concentration or eyes off the road and their hands-off the steering wheel.

The other possible problem with cell phone bans may be based on a cost-benefit analysis.  Because the fines associated with using a cell phone when driving typically are fairly modest, and it can be difficult to prove someone is using a cell phone while driving, many drivers may determine that the low risk of being caught combined with the relatively nominal penalty does not justify the inconvenience of not using their phone while driving.  Unless the penalties associated with cell phone bans are substantially increased, many drivers may choose to continue this extremely unsafe driving practice.

If you or someone you love is injured or a family member dies because of a negligent driver who is using a cell phone while driving, you may be able to seek damages for your injuries and loss.  At the Barrett Law Offices PLLC, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Study Shows Adapting Safety Equipment to Perception Limits Can Prevent Rear-End Collisions

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

During any hour of watching television, there is a good chance you will see advertisements lauding the new safety features that are now being equipped on many vehicles.  These safety features can include early crash warning systems, extra air bags, crash avoidance systems and other technologies designed to prevent Mississippi car accidents.  However, one of the factors that is critical to making vehicles more safe and preventing car accidents is understanding the way human being process information as well as the limitations of human perception.  One study that looked at the human perception factors in causing rear-end collisions provides a good illustration of how many car accidents could be avoided by building motor vehicles with the limitations of human perception in mind.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology conducted a study that revealed that drivers cannot perceive the urgency with which the brakes are applied in the vehicle that a driver is following.  Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents in Mississippi and nationally.  Approximately a third of all car accidents are rear-end collisions.  These accidents are particularly common when driving in heavy traffic with an inconsistent flow.  A momentary glance at one’s cell phone or slightly delayed response because a driver is tired or drowsy can easily result in a driver slamming into you from the rear.

There are a number of frequent contributing factors to rear-end collisions, including the following:

  • Failure to adhere to the two-second following rule (tailgating)
  • Speeding
  • Not slowing down in inclement weather
  • Inattentive driving because of distractions
  • Drunk driving or drugged driving
  • Poor brake maintenance

While these factors have long been recognized as causes of Mississippi rear-end collisions, the Georgia Institute of Technology used a driving simulator to gauge the ability of motorists to perceive the speed of a vehicle directly in front of them.  The study showed that drivers generally are unable to detect when the vehicle they are following is moving at a slower speed until the difference in speed reaches 8-10 mph.

Gregory Corso, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta commented, “Well, if people can’t detect that the car in front of them is going slower, you’re going to run into it.”

While current safety devices are designed to reduce the seriousness of injuries when a rear-end collision occurs, the researchers have developed an algorithm that can be incorporated into a collision warning system that makes adjustments based on your actual driving and braking behavior.  The system could notify drivers that the vehicle they are following is traveling at a slower rate of speed and predict a potential collision based on the rate that the trailing vehicle is gaining on the lead vehicle.  If this technology is implemented, it could prevent some of the most common types of Mississippi car accidents – rear-end collisions.  This provides a good example how vehicle manufacturers can be expected to adapt vehicles to protect vehicle occupants.  Sometimes when a manufacturer builds a vehicle without adequate safety equipment, this may form the basis for a product liability claim against the vehicle manufacturer.

Our experienced Mississippi rear-end accident attorneys offer a free consultation so that we can evaluate your Mississippi rear-end auto collision claim and explain your rights and remedies.  At the Barrett Law Offices PLLC, our experienced Mississippi rear-end accident lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Prescription Drug Abuse Linked to Increase in Car Accidents

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Although many people are aware of the dramatic rise in the abuse of prescription drugs, the increased danger of severe car accidents linked to this abuse is less well known.  Many prescription drugs that are abused are taken for the same reasons as recreational drugs. This means that they are often sought out for their impact on one’s mental state so those who abuse these drugs are fully what aware of the danger of driving while under their effects.  Many prescription drugs with side effects that make it unsafe to drive carry warnings, which expressly indicate it is not safe to operate heavy machinery while under the influence of the medication.  Unfortunately, some drivers choose to ignore these warnings which often results in serious Mississippi car accidents that can cause life altering injuries.

There are a wide variety of types of prescription medications that may be involved in drugged driving accidents in Mississippi including pain killers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications and muscle relaxants.  These drugs may include Xanax, Ambien, Flexeril, Percocet, Norcos, Vicodin and similar medications.  They may contribute to serious Mississippi drugged driver car accidents because of a number of adverse effects on driving ability, including but not limited to the following:

  • Impaired driver judgment
  • Distorted perception
  • Drowsiness
  • Diminished coordination
  • Slow reflexes

While these are only a few of the ways that prescription medications can adversely impact driving ability, the current epidemic of abuse and misuse of prescription drugs poses a serious danger to everyone who travels the roadways of Mississippi.  Drivers who disregard warning labels on prescription drug bottles may be determined to be at fault even if they are lawfully taking the medication. Our experienced Mississippi drugged accident attorneys carefully investigate car accident cases where drugged driving may be involved. A driver who is using a prescription drug illegally may be considered to be engaged in reckless conduct, particularly if they are speeding or otherwise consciously engaging in extremely unsafe driving practices.  If a drugged driver is impaired because of illegal use of a prescription drug plan that causes a serious car accident, you or your loved one may be entitled to punitive damages to punish particularly egregious conduct.  Our Mississippi drugged driving attorneys typically examine police reports, toxicology analysis, and medical records to develop evidence of drugged driving.

The experienced Mississippi drugged driving lawyers at Barrett law are committed to holding wrongdoers accountable and compensating victims.  Our experienced Mississippi drugged driving accident attorneys offer a free consultation so that we can evaluate your accident claim and explain your rights and remedies.  At the Barrett Law Offices PLLC, our experienced Mississippi drugged driving lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

What to Do When You Are Injured in a Wheelchair Transportation Accident

Monday, March 19th, 2012

While there are many types of transportation related accidents, people usually think of motor vehicle collisions when contemplating transportation accidents.  However, wheelchair occupants who are disabled also may be injured in transportation accidents.  Wheelchair transportation accidents may result from defective or poorly maintained equipment and inattentive loading of handicap passengers.  Cases involving personal injuries suffered in wheelchair transportation accidents require specific knowledge of all of the complex rules, regulations, guidelines, architectural standards and codes regarding accessibility as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Uniform Building Code and other relevant laws as well as a thorough understanding of Mississippi personal injury law.

Mississippi wheelchair transportation accidents involve a careful investigation and analysis of the facts.  There may be a variety of parties that are at-fault including the following:

  • Company that maintains the lift and vehicle
  • Manufacturer of the lift or ramp
  • Driver of the vehicle
  • Parties that assist with the loading and unloading process
  • Hospital nurses or others who aid one in getting in and out of wheelchair

Wheelchair accidents are particularly concerning because there is generally little if anything that the person confined to a wheelchair can do to prevent such an accident.  Some of the types of wheelchair accidents may include:

  • Dropping someone when assisting them in and out of a wheelchair
  • Poorly designed wheelchair ramps
  • Accidents caused by defective wheelchairs
  • Inadequate tie-down of wheelchairs on buses or van
  • Lifts that are defective
  • Dropping the wheelchair from the lift because of operator distraction

Wheelchair accidents where a wheelchair is not properly tied down are fairly common and extremely dangerous.  It frequently is the case that a bus or van transporting a wheelchair bound person must stop suddenly or may be in a collision.  If the wheelchair is not properly secured the wheelchair and person in the chair may be thrown against the interior of the vehicle or even be ejected from the vehicle.

While being forced to rely on a wheelchair can be frustrating, it is more upsetting when a failure to adhere to proper safety precautions and procedures results in serious injury.  If you or someone you love has been injured in a Mississippi wheelchair transportation accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  Our experienced Mississippi wheelchair transportation accident attorneys offer a free consultation so that we can evaluate your accident claim and explain your rights and remedies.  At the Barrett Law Offices PLLC, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Reducing Damages (Mitigation) to Protect the Value of Your Personal Injury Claim

Friday, March 16th, 2012

While it may seem counter-intuitive, an important component of preserving the value of your Mississippi personal injury claim is to take proper steps to reduce the severity of the damages that you suffer because of your accident.  This may seem like a foreign concept because the level of compensation one receives is directly related to the seriousness of one’s injuries and the extent of one’s financial loss.  However, an injury victim in a personal injury case in Mississippi has a duty to “mitigate” damages.  This means that an injury victim often has a legal obligation to take steps to minimize the losses suffered even if these losses are caused through no fault of the injury victim.

The duty of a plaintiff in a Mississippi personal injury lawsuit to minimize damages may take many forms ranging from seeking reasonably prompt medical care from an appropriate health care professional, completing one’s physical therapy or course of treatment, and even seeking appropriate employment retraining if one’s injuries prevent one from engaging in the same type of work after one’s injuries. When a plaintiff fails to take measures to mitigate damages, the defendant may argue that compensation be denied for injuries that resulted or were exacerbated by the failure of the plaintiff to take steps to reduce the magnitude of injury or loss.

There are several common forms of mitigation that may be relevant if you are injured and seeking damages in a personal injury case arising from a car accident, slip and fall, construction accident or any other type of accident or intentional criminal act.

Failure to Seek Prompt Medical Care: The prognosis for many injuries and medical conditions can be impacted by how soon appropriate medical treatment is obtained.  A head injury may seem minor, but a delay in treatment may result in pressure on the brain from bleeding in the space between the brain and the skull.  This can cause permanent brain damage and even fatalities.  In this type of situation, a defendant might argue that an accident victim who refused medical treatment after an accident failed to mitigate damages.

Seeking Employment Retraining: Some Mississippi personal injury victims are not able to continue in the same occupation after suffering serious injuries in an accident.  However, a person may still have an obligation to seek other work for which one has skills or to seek retraining.  While you may be entitled to compensation for any reduced earning capacity, you are not necessarily excused from seeking employment or training for employment that you are physically or mentally competent to engage in.

Failure to Complete Treatment: If your doctor prescribes an ongoing course of treatment or physical therapy, it is important that you follow through on all treatment modalities recommended by your medical provider.  The failure to complete treatment may be considered a failure to mitigate damages.

Although these are not the only form of mitigation of damages that may be required in a Mississippi personal injury case, the bottom line is that the obligation to mitigate damages should be complied with to avoid compromising the value of your personal injury claim.  If you or someone you love is injured or a family member dies because of the negligent or intentional misconduct of another, you may be able to seek damages for your injuries and loss.  At the Barrett Law Offices PLLC, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Mississippi Rollover Accident Grim Reminder of Dangers of Defective SUVs

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

A teenager who suffered serious injuries when a Toyota 4Runner rolled over was recently awarded $6.9 million dollars by a jury in federal court in Jones County.  The case serves as a tragic reminder of the danger of defective SUVs that are prone to rollover.  The teenager suffered spinal cord injuries that left him paralyzed from the waist down after the rollover crash.

An expert for the plaintiff in the rollover over accident lawsuit testified that the tires of the vehicle dropped off the edge of the road.  When the teenager steered back hard to the left to get the tires of the vehicle back on the roadway, the pavement “tripped” the SUV causing it to rollover multiple times.  Evidence was provided in the case that the models of 4Runners produced between1990-95 were top heavy, which combined with a narrow wheel base made them prone to rollover.

The jury award was based on the fact that the teenager is confined to a wheelchair and cannot use his arms.  This tragic rollover accident serves as an example of the danger posed by defective SUVs that are susceptible to rollover accidents.  The steering maneuver that the teenager used is routinely executed without incident in other types of passenger vehicles that do not possess the narrow wheel base and high center of gravity of a defective SUV.  This simple evasive maneuver can lead to traumatic permanent injuries or even wrongful death when executed in an SUV.

This tragedy also provides further evidence of the extreme danger involved in rollover accidents.  When a vehicle rolls over there is an extremely high risk that vehicle occupants will be ejected from the vehicle.  The safest place during most collisions is inside the vehicle where you have the protection of the body and frame of the vehicle.  This is a reason it is extremely important to wear a seatbelt when riding in an SUV because it will help keep you in the vehicle in the event of a rollover collision.  Many times when the vehicle rolls over it causes the door frames to become malformed causing the door to swing open and further increasing the possibility of a vehicle ejection.

Even when a vehicle occupant manages to remain in the vehicle in an SUV rollover accident, there may be a substantial risk of roof crush injuries.  Most SUVs lack roll bars and do not have adequate roof strength to prevent the roof from collapsing on SUV occupants in a rollover accident.  If you or someone you or someone you love is injured or a family member dies in an SUV rollover accident, you may be able to seek damages for your injuries and loss.  At the Barrett Law Offices PLLC, our experienced Mississippi SUV rollover accident lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.