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Fresno County Rollover Accident Kills Westchester Resident

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Andrew McGuire, 23, of Westchester died in a rollover accident on Interstate 5 in western Fresno County, according to an article in the Fresno Bee. California Highway Patrol officers say that McGuire was driving North in a 2004 Toyota on Interstate 5 when the car veered off the road and overturned. Officers say McGuire was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected. His passenger, Rosaura Edith Rodriguez, 23, was reportedly treated in an area hospital for minor injuries and released.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Andrew McGuire, who died in this fatal auto accident.

Rollover accidents often result in fatalities because of the intensity of the crash and the physical trauma caused to the vehicle’s occupants. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), out of 40,000 fatal traffic accidents in 2005, about 10,000 (one-fourth) were rollover accidents.

In the case of this Fresno auto accident, it is not clear why McGuire’s car veered off the road. Had he worn his seatbelt, however, McGuire might still be alive today. I commend his passenger who was buckled up and escaped with minor injuries. Please always remember to wear your seatbelt and restraining devices when in a vehicle.

Earlier this month, the California Office of Traffic Safety, announced that seatbelt use in the state has reached an all-time high of 95.7 percent, which is an increase of more than 1 percentage point over the 2007 figure of 94.6 percent. While California’s seatbelt usage is one of the highest in the country, countless individuals still die each year as a result of not wearing safety restraints.

Another 2007 study by Farmers Insurance also shows that seatbelts save lives. Farmers Group looked at Department of Transportation data and information from 2006 and found 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.

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