At 5:35 p.m. on Monday, June 13th, Earl H. Potter III – president of St. Cloud University for nearly a decade – died in a single-vehicle rollover accident on I-694 in Brooklyn Center. According to a state patrol report referenced in the Star Tribune, Potter’s 4Runner rolled multiple times before being stopped by cable median barriers. Potter was the only occupant of the vehicle and the only victim of the accident.
SUVs like the 4Runner are top-heavy, making them more likely to rollover following collision. According to SafeCar.Gov, 85% of all rollover fatalities occur in single-vehicle accidents. However, 90% of these vehicles are involved in routine driving maneuvers at the time of the crash. This would seem to suggest that vehicle design plays a significant role in many of these fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Safety features such as electronic stability control are intended to reduce the risks of rollover, but may not be enough to compensate for poor vehicle design. This may entitle victims of injury as well as surviving family members of fatal rollover accident victims to compensation from the manufacturers of the poorly designed vehicle. The best way to determine if you have cause to file suit is through a one-on-one consultation with the Minneapolis defective vehicle attorneys at GoldenbergLaw.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a rollover accident in Minnesota, please contact us online or call 612-436-5026 today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights.