Three people suffered severe head injuries in a minivan rollover crash on Route 55 in Millville, New Jersey, according to this news report in South Jersey News Online. The Ford Windstar van driven by Richard Andrus Jr., 44, and was northbound on Route 55 when for an unknown reason it left the roadway and went over a grassy median.
The van spun and rolled over when the driver tried to overcorrect. Both Andrus and his front-seat passenger, 48-year-old Mark Hitchner, were ejected on to the roadway. The passenger in the rear seat, 50-year-old Joann Hitchner, was still inside the van and conscious, State police said. The investigation is focusing on whether Andrus and Hitchner were wearing seatbelts and whether alcohol was involved in this New Jersey auto accident. Both men suffered severe injuries to their legs, arms and head.
Rollover accidents cause the most number of fatalities in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each year there are more than 40,000 motor vehicle accidents out of which more than 10,000 are rollover crashes. These accidents often end up in major injuries or deaths because the vehicle’s roof can cave in on its occupants causing traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Some of these accidents also occur because of auto product defects in vehicles that could cause them to become unstable or cause the driver to lose control.
A skilled New Jersey personal injury attorney will have the vehicle examined for malfunction and other product defects such as seat restraint failures and tire defects. Auto makers are liable to vehicle occupants who have been injured because of their defectively manufactured or poorly designed vehicles. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey rollover accident, please call Lependorf & Silverstein today to talk about your legal rights and options.