Jennifer Miller, 20, of Phelan, died of injuries she suffered in an SUV rollover accident on November 13, 2008 near Victorville, according to this news Web site. Miller was a passenger in a 1994 Isuzu Rodeo that was traveling east on Duncan Road near Lubec Road when its driver lost control of the sport utility vehicle. The Isuzu Rodeo rolled over and Miller was ejected from the vehicle. Fire officials said three other people were also injured in this rollover crash, but the extent of their injuries is not known.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Jennifer Miller, the young woman who tragically lost her life in this horrific crash. I wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2005, there were a total of 43,443 traffic accident fatalities in the United States. Out of this number 10,816 deaths were caused by rollovers. The number of people dying or suffering catastrophic injuries in rollover crashes continues to increase each year.
If I were a member of Jennifer Miller’s family I would look into why she was ejected from the vehicle. There is no mention in this newspaper report that she was not wearing her seatbelt. If she was wearing her seatbelt, was she ejected from the vehicle because the restraint system failed?
Seatbelt failures occur more commonly than we know, especially in rollover accidents where the intensity of a crash is high. If I were representing the family, I’d be looking for defects in the vehicle’s roof design and seat belt restraint system. I would look at the accident sequence to see if the inherent design of the SUV, its lack of a stability control system or a defective seatbelt contributed to Miller’s fatal injuries.
Jennifer Miller’s family, as well as the other injured victims, would be well-advised to retain the services of a nationally renowned auto product defect law firm. I’d suggest that they approach an attorney who has successfully handled cases against large automakers and is especially familiar with rollover and seatbelt defect cases.