While driver error is the primary cause of most accidents, it is important to rule out mechanical failure as a cause. This is because in 2014 alone, there were 75 million vehicles recalled by auto manufacturers. These defects included everything from faulty airbags to ignition switches.
In cases where a mechanical defect is diagnosed as the primary cause of an accident, there are several people who could be at fault. One of these is the vehicle’s mechanic, particularly if the vehicle underwent recent maintenance. In cases where the defect lies in the way the car was designed and manufactured, the automaker may be at fault. Alternatively, the manufacturer of a certain part may also be liable.
WTVM reports that inmates and a driver have been injured after a Harris County Prison detail vehicle overturned.
The accident occurred at about 4:05 p.m. on June 23rd on Highway 27. The prison vehicle was just south of Pine Mountain.
The group was driving to a work camp on Highway 166. As the driver entered a downhill area that curved left, he traveled off the right side of the road. He then overcorrected and veered into both the southbound and northbound lanes of the highway. He swerved several times before the vehicle overturned.
All five inmates in the vehicle suffered from injuries and transported to a hospital. They have been released.
The driver was not taken to the hospital.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated. However, the driver reported he felt the steering wheel pulling, which could indicate a mechanical issue.
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