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Young Texas woman injured in crash

On May 17 at approximately 6:30 a.m., three individuals were driving from Texas through Mississippi on their way to the Collegiate All Stars Water Ski Tournament when their car unexpectedly went off the road and rolled twice before landing on the roof. The car contained three athletes who had recently graduated from Texas A&M University.

One of the occupants of the vehicle was ejected from the vehicle and taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for treatment of critical injuries. Medical reports show severe brain damage, although the woman does respond when stimulated. A post on social media reported that doctors said her brain is having trouble regulating her body's temperature. She was asleep at the time of the accident. If the rollover was caused by any defect or design flaw within the vehicle, the manufacturer could be facing a products liability lawsuit. Police did not indicate what may have caused the vehicle to leave the road.

The other two occupants of the vehicle were treated and released. One of them experienced a fractured vertebrae. Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. It was not reported which person was driving.

Manufacturers have an obligation to consumers to design products that may be used safely. When there is a manufacturing or design defect that causes a problem to become dangerous, the law allows injured parties to seek damages. Vehicles that are prone to rolling over following accidents may have a design defect that renders them unsafe. A products liability attorney may be able to help obtain evidence relating to the design and manufacture of the vehicle to determine the manufacturer's culpability.

Source: theeagle.com, "Texas A&M grad in critical condition after rollover accident", Brooke Conrad, May 21, 2013

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