Outside of driver error, single-vehicle traffic accidents can sometimes be caused by poorly maintained safety equipment, such as brakes or tires, or faulty component design or manufacture. Also know as defective equipment, incorrectly functioning vehicle parts and components can be a contributing factor associated with serious car, motorcycle and commercial truck accidents.
As Baltimore automobile injury accident lawyers, I and my colleagues have seen the results of car, truck and motorcycle crashes that have been caused by defective equipment. Situations involving bad part design that lead to a serious or fatal traffic collision go under the heading of products liability. The sad reality in many cases is that the accident could perhaps have been avoided if proper engineering or manufacturing procedures were followed.
As recent single-car accident, though not necessarily caused by a defective automotive component, nonetheless sent a man to the hospital with serious bodily injuries. According to news reports, the 20-year-old Prince Frederick driver was heading westbound along Leitches Wharf Road when for some reason he lost control of the vehicle. Police reports indicate that the crash, which occurred about one mile from Stoakley Road in Calvert County, MD.
Authorities said that the man, Joseph Wesley Raymond Hall, was found in critical condition inside his 2006 Honda Civic, which was seen resting against a nearby tree off the roadside. Emergency responders treated the man at the scene and then sent him to Baltimore Shock Trauma with serious and life-threatening injuries.
Based on news reports, police crash investigators said the driver’s vehicle skidded across the double yellow center line on and entered the east bound lane Leitches Wharf Road, then it left the roadway and hit a tree lying on the ground. The initial impact causes the vehicle to rotate counterclockwise before it hit a larger standing tree on the passenger side. Police said that the driver was belted in, but that speed and alcohol were also factors in the crash.
Prince Frederick Man Seriously Hurt in Single Vehicle Accident, SoMD.com, November 01, 2010