Benjamin Keil Allen, 26, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident early morning on August 12, 2009 when the Toyota Tundra pickup he was off-roading in Loma Linda, California, tipped over and crashed. Allen was driving the Tundra on Mountain View Avenue. He was ejected from the pickup truck and died when the truck ran him over, crushing his head and upper body. Loma Linda fire officials said Allen was not wearing a seatbelt. Three others, who were also in the vehicle at the time, were buckled up and did not suffer any injuries. California Highway Patrol officials are investigating this fatal car accident.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of young Benjamin Keil Allen for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your prayers.
Seatbelts Save Lives
Allen's fatal injuries may have been prevented had he worn his seatbelt. It is statistically proven that seatbelts save lives. A recent study conducted by the Farmers Group reportedly looked at Department of Transportation data and information from 2006 for the purpose of this study. Researchers concluded that drivers who used seatbelts were 70 percent less likely to be killed in a car crash than drivers who were not wearing their seatbelts.
California Auto Products Liability Attorneys
That said, as auto product liability attorneys, we understand that rollover accidents in many cases can also result in seatbelt failure. I have come across numerous instances when law enforcement officials make a faulty conclusion that a person was not wearing their seatbelt when in reality, his or her seatbelt failed during the accident. That may not have been the case as far as Allen's accident was concerned, but it does happen more often that the general public knows or gets to hear about.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you would be well-advised to contact an experienced California car accident lawyer who has an impeccable track record investigating auto product liability cases. In such incidents, the crashed vehicle must be preserved unaltered so it can be examined for evidence of product defects, malfunction and other evidence.