Four People Injured in Car Rollover Crash

Date: June 17, 2013
Location:  Shady Cove, Oregon 62, near milepost 16
Names:  Colyn L. Shephard, Justin Karlan, Bryce Tepper, TimothyMcCree

As a result of a rollover crash, four people sustained injuries and had to be taken to a hospital on Monday. The incident happened near Shady Cove, Oregon at 1:37 P.M.

According to the Oregon State Police, 20-year-old Colyn L. Shephard lost control of the 2001 Honda Passport he was driving when he tried to get the vehicle back on the highway after driving onto the shoulder of the road. The SUV reportedly rolled several times.

In addition to Shephard, 3 other passengers in the vehicle, 16-year-old Bryce Tepper, 15-year-old Timothy McCree and Justin Karlan, aged 20, sustained various, serious, injuries and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital.

Although Shephard and Tepper have already been released, McCree and Karlan are still under treatment and are reportedly in critical conditions.

The Oregon State Police are investigating the incident and a full report will be released soon.

We extend our sincere condolences to the families of everyone involved and hope for the speedy recovery of the injured.

Car accidents can be life-changing, and we hope McCree and Karlan are able to fully recover soon.

When a person tries to correct the wheel while driving, a car should skid, not roll over. It should be very difficult to make a car roll over. However, it’s an unfortunate truth that there are some models and makes of vehicles that roll over very easily. These makes and models are well known and there have been successful lawsuits against the companies who build, sell and profit from these vehicles. When a vehicle rolls over it may be entirely driver error or it may be partially driver error and partially poor design. The difference is that the driver error is to be expected. We all know that drivers sometimes make errors and sometimes a quick correction is necessary, for example, when a deer runs in the road or even a cow. A driver should be able to jerk the wheel, make a sudden maneuver around an obstacle or to correct a drift without the car flipping over and killing everyone inside it.

In addition to being more stable and less likely to roll over, a car should be designed so that if it does roll over, there is enough strength and stability in the roof that the people inside don’t get crushed. Whenever there’s a rollover crash like this one causing serious injury or even death it may be easy to blame the driver. But there is another very important factor. And that is the companies who are making this car who know very well that the car is dangerous but who do nothing to correct it because it would cut into their bottom line.


About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on June 24, 2013, in Automobile Accidents, Injuries to Children and Minors, rollovers and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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