Man Dies in Oklahoma Rollover Accident

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that a man was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Monday morning in Grady County.  The OHP says Ronald G. Merritt, 37, of Fort Cobb was killed at approximately 2:15 a.m. yesterday, when he lost control of his pickup truck on State Highway 19, a mile west of Alex.  Troopers report that the right rear tire of Merritt's pickup deflated, causing him to lose control of the truck, rolling it three times.  Merritt was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene. Rollover accidents are particularly dangerous, leading to catastrophic injury and death.  Though rollovers make up less than three percent of all traffic accidents, they account for more than one-third of all deaths from passenger vehicle accidents.  Three-quarters of all rollover deaths occur in single car accidents, and more than half of those killed in single car accidents are killed in rollovers. There are many causes of rollover accidents:

  • Loss of control of a vehicle
  • Overcorrecting  a vehicle
  • Hitting a "trip" (a curb, guardrail, uneven ground, or anything else that causes the vehicle to flip)
  • Aggressive driving or high-velocity turns
  • SUV or top-heavy vehicle
  • Driving off an embankment
In some cases, a single vehicle accident or rollover accident is the result of unsafe driving by an aggressive, distracted, or intoxicated driver.  In other cases, a rollover death may be the result of a motor vehicle defect; for example, defective tires, poorly designed SUVs, roof strength, and other manufacturing or design defects can create unsafe conditions that lead to accidents, injuries, and deaths. If an accident is caused by an automobile defect, an injured victim or surviving dependents of the victim of a fatal accident may be able to pursue financial compensation from the auto manufacturer or others deemed liable for the accident.  Compensation from a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit may include medical expenses, rehabilitative therapies, lost wages, lost or reduced income, property damage, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, lost benefits, and funeral and burial expenses.  An Oklahoma auto accident lawyer can offer a free consultation to determine whether or not you may have a valid claim for compensation and can help you uncover liable parties and pursue compensation from those responsible for your suffering.