Members of a family in the process of relocating from California to Texas were injured in a recent rollover crash on Interstate 40 in Bernalillo County. A couple and their three children were reportedly traveling east in a GMC Sierra pick-up truck between Albuquerque and Edgewood when a tire blew and the driver lost control around 3:30 am. According to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, the truck, which was towing an 18-foot trailer, left the interstate and rolled twice before coming to rest on the side of the roadway. The mangled trailer allegedly broke open and left the family's belongings strewn about the area.
A 6-year-old boy who was reportedly not wearing a safety belt was injured after he was thrown from the truck. Authorities stated the child was found lying next to the vehicle with a broken arm and a number of contusions. His father, who was riding in the truck's front passenger seat, apparently sustained a dislocated hip and shoulder in the traffic wreck. Meanwhile, the child's mother and two sisters purportedly suffered only minor cuts and bruises. Emergency responders reportedly transported the entire family by ambulance to the University of New Mexico Hospital for treatment.
Many one-car and other types of crashes occur on the interstates and other roadways throughout New Mexico. Sadly, 353 people died in traffic accidents throughout our state in 2011. Of those killed, 240 fatalities resulted from a single-vehicle accident. Dangerous road conditions, motor vehicle defects, swerving to avoid a negligent driver, and weather frequently cause single-car crashes.
In some situations, a defective product such as a tire or automobile may cause a driver or passenger to become injured. A defective product is one that is poorly or negligently manufactured, designed, or tested, and a person is hurt as a result. A design defect may occur if someone is injured by a product even though it was manufactured according to specifications. A manufacturing defect can occur where an individual is hurt as a result of mistakes made during the manufacturing process. If you or a loved one was hurt by an unsafe product, you may have the right to collect damages for your injuries from the manufacturer or the distributor of the defective product.