Vallee Marion, 15, suffered traumatic brain injury in a Fountain Valley car accident the afternoon of July 16, 2009, The Orange County Register reports. Vallee was a passenger in a Chevrolet Trailblazer that crashed at the intersection of Magnolia Street and La Stella Avenue, Fountain Valley police officials said. Vallee was ejected from the SUV and sustained severe brain injuries. Her father, Albert Marion, says Vallee has bleeding in her brain and still remains in serious condition in an area hospital.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Vallee Marion. I hope and pray that she survives this horrible incident and makes a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep the Marion family in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) four fatalities and 476 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in Fountain Valley. In Orange County as a whole, 178 fatalities and 14,185 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.
In this newspaper report, Vallee’s father says he can’t imagine that his daughter did not wear her seatbelt. So far, based on this newspaper report, there is no indication that Vallee was not buckled up. If I were a member of the Marion family I would absolutely want to know whether Vallee was ejected from the Trailblazer because of seatbelt failure. Was there a seat restraint failure here that caused Vallee to be ejected from the SUV and sustain traumatic brain injury? An experienced auto products liability attorney will bring in experts to examine the Chevrolet Trailblazer and determine whether a defective product contributed to Vallee’s brain injury. I’d urge the Marion family to preserve the Trailblazer until it has been examined for seatbelt defects and other evidence.
Seat restraint systems could fail in many ways. A number of side release belts are prone to false latching and many end-release belts are prone to unlatching during car collisions. At Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, we have seen numerous cases of seat belt failure involving seat belt mounts, buckles, webbing and grabbers. Sometimes, law enforcement officials who investigate car accidents tend to assume that victims who were ejected were not buckled up. Vallee’s family would be well advised to retain the services of a reputed Orange County personal injury lawyer who has the experience and a successful track record representing brain injury victims. If this accident was caused by seatbelt failure, the family could seek compensation on behalf of their child to cover medical expenses, future medical expenses and even cost of long-term care. The best Orange County personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive initial consultation.