Entertainment site, TMZ, has reported that comedian Robert Schimmel was seriously injured a car accident in Arizona. According to the TMZ report, Schimmel’s 19-year-old daughter swerved to avoid an accident in her lane of travel and the vehicle rolled over onto the side of the freeway. Schimmel’s 11-year-old son was not injured, his 19-year-old daughter was hospitalized in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery while Schimmel remains hospitalized in "very serious" condition.
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Reports of the Schimmel accident include a tell-tale sign of a dangerous product defect: vastly different injuries for occupants of the same vehicle. The reports have said that Schimmel’s son was uninjured, his daughter received some injuries and is expected to recover, but that Schimmel was seriously injured and remains in "very serious" condition.
Many car manufacturers have serious issues when it comes to rollover safety. For example, the Ford Explorer has a long history of rollover problems. The PBS news and information series, Frontline, has also documented SUV rollover dangers. Certain vehicles are more prone to rollover dangers because of design flaws that include a high center of gravity (which creates instability that can cause a rollover) and weak roof support structures that permit the roof to "cave in" and crush occupants. Often, the owners and occupants of the vehicle are never aware of the potential danger and there is very little the driver can do to prevent the rollover accident.
Brett Emison is currently a partner at Langdon & Emison, a firm dedicated to helping injured victims across the country from their primary office near Kansas City. Mainly focusing on catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex mass tort and dangerous drug cases, Mr. Emison often deals with automotive defects, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices.