Laura Hanson, 49, was killed in a Ventura car accident the morning of October 19, 2009 on Highway 33, the Ventura County Star reports. Her 8-year-old son, who was a passenger, sustained injuries that appeared to be minor, California Highway Patrol officials said. Hanson was driving south on the highway when her SUV began to fishtail and crashed off the freeway south of Nye Road. The SUV then rolled down a wooded embankment and hit a tree. Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene and her son, whose name was not released, was transported to an area hospital. Both Hanson and her son were wearing seatbelts. Investigators say Hanson was driving out of the Edison Drive curve at 35 to 40 mph when she crashed. The highway was also wet at the time, officials said.
Tragic SUV Rollover Accident
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Laura Hanson for their sudden and heartbreaking loss. I particularly sympathize with her son, who was actually involved in the crash and saw his mother suffer those fatal injuries. I wish him the very best for a complete physical and emotional recovery. Please keep the Hanson family in your prayers.
Based on this news report, Hanson was driving on the curve a little over the speed limit. However, it is not clear why she lost control of her SUV and crashed at the time. Was there a vehicle defect or a mechanical malfunction that caused her to lose control? Did weather play a part? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway? The article also does not say what model SUV Hanson was driving at the time. A number of SUV models have significant auto products liability issues because of defective design or poor roof strength that might cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle even at relatively low speeds.
Auto Product Defect Issues
If family members suspect that an auto product defect may have caused this tragic car accident, they would be well-advised to consult with a reputed California personal injury lawyer, who has experience and a successful track record handling and winning such cases. It is also advisable to preserve the crashed vehicle in its current state so it can be thoroughly examined by an expert for evidence of malfunctions or product defects. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
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