Felipe Cisneros Arroyo, 58, of Pasadena was killed in a Chevy Trailblazer rollover accident on January 2, 2008. According to this news report in the Pasadena Star News, Arroyo was driving a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer northbound on the 5 Freeway near Santa Clarita when he lost control and veered into the center divider. The sport utility vehicle rolled over several times. California Highway Patrol officials say Arroyo suffered severe head trauma and died at the scene.
I offer my deepest condolences to Felipe Cisneros Arroyo’s family for their tragic loss. Please keep this family in your prayers.
Rollover accidents are the leading cause of traffic accident fatalities in the United States. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 40,000 traffic accident related deaths in the United States each year and more than 10,000 of those are rollover crashes. SUVs, because of their narrow track width and high center of gravity and inherent instability, tend to be involved in a number of fatal and major SUV injury rollover accidents.
Chevy Trailblazer SUVs, especially model years 2002 to 2005 were rated poorly in a recent roof crush study performed by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The Trailblazer along with the Chevy Blazer and Ford Explorer ranked poorly in this study, which looked specifically at vehicle roof strength. What this means is that the Chevy Trailblazer’s roof is not made strong. So, during a rollover accident, it caves in on its occupants, crushing them. Victims, who are involved in these types of rollover accidents, tend to suffer severe head injuries, traumatic brain injuries or neck and spinal cord injuries.
Based on this news report, it appears to me that Felipe Cisneros Arroyo died of fatal head injuries while still in the vehicle. Arroyo’s family would be well-advised to retain the services of a reputed Southern California auto accident law firm, which has extensive experience dealing with roof crush and rollover accident cases against large auto makers such as Ford and General Motors. I’d recommend the family to act immediately and preserve the Trailblazer in its crashed condition so it can be carefully examined by an expert for product defects, design defects, mechanical malfunction and other evidence.