Friday, October 17, 2008

Complications in a Car Crash

Car accidents are common occurrence in most roads and highways across the country. And as the number of accidents rise, the causes are no less varied as the countless names of victims involved in such incidents.

But even ordinary accidents may turn out to be serious and more complicated when other elements come into play. Take the case of the accident mentioned in the article “Two Killed in San Jose Car Accident”, posted on October 14, 2008.

The rollover incident, a type of accident popular among SUVs, involved a Ford Explorer. What made this incident extraordinary and newsworthy is that it involved an 18-year-old boy and five other young children between the ages of 4 and 15 years old.

Added to the complication of being the injured party in the accident, the young man’s vehicle was discovered to be ill equipped with its safety mechanisms like child seats and seat belts. For instance, the seat belts were unable to protect the passengers of the car, which cause the passengers to be ejected from their seats during collision impact, resulting in serious injuries.

The four-year old passenger, the youngest occupant of the vehicle, reportedly suffered a broken leg, while a 6-year-old suffered a broken arm, and the 10-year old suffered facial lacerations.

According to the report, the Explorer hit another car, a Nissan, as it lost control before finally crashing. But compared to the occupants of the Explorer, the driver and passenger of the Nissan car only suffered minor injuries.

Several factors may be considered in determining the causes of a rollover. Generally, car accidents are the result of recklessness or negligence of drivers. In this case, one can clearly rule out the responsibility of another party. Otherwise, factors such as vehicle manufacturing defects and external conditions may be taken into consideration.

Finding fault in a rollover incident may be as complex as the accident itself. In this case, one would definitely need the assistance of an expert, preferably a lawyer, to establish fault and liability in the accident.