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Oregon Car Accident Fatality May Have Been Caused by Seatbelt Failure

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Robin Rae Udey, 54, was killed in an Oregon car accident after a truck driver lost control of his big rig, crossed into opposing lanes of traffic and collided head-on with her SUV. According to a KTVZ news report, 63-year-old Ronald Lewis Jory was pulling two tankers on the eastbound Highway 26 in Bend, Oregon, the morning of January 25, 2010. Jory lost control of the rig as he went downhill. The rig slid into the westbound lane where it collided with Udey’s 2004 Toyota 4Runner. Udey was ejected from her SUV and died at the scene. Investigators believe that she was wearing her seatbelt.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Robin Rae Udey for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. They will certainly be in my prayers.

Driver Negligence

There are several factors in this car accident, which I’m sure, investigators and accident reconstruction experts are currently examining. First, the accident seems to have been caused by the truck driver whose rig slid onto oncoming traffic lanes and struck Udey’s SUV. What caused the rig to go out of control? Was it overloaded? Did the big rig fail mechanically because of poor vehicle maintenance? Was it caused by Jory’s negligence? If Jory was at fault, then both he and his employer could be held liable for the accident and Udey’s wrongful death.

Seatbelt Defects

The other issue in question here is whether Udey was ejected as a result of a seat restraint system failure. Investigators believe she was wearing her seatbelt and yet, she was ejected and fatally injured. Seatbelt defects are unfortunately too common. A seatbelt system can fail in many ways. An alarming number of “side release” belts are prone to false latching and many “end release belts” are prone to unlatching during auto accidents. Our firm has seen numerous cases of restraint system failure involving seatbelt mounts, buckles, webbing and grabbers.

Auto Product Liability Issues

I’m glad that traffic investigators are looking into the possibility of seatbelt failure. However, if I were a member of Udey’s family, I would certainly consult a reputed Oregon personal injury lawyer, who has extensive experience and a stellar track record handling auto product defect cases, specifically seatbelt defect cases against large auto makers. Udey’s family would be well-advised to get in touch with a resourceful firm, which will have its accident reconstruction experts looking for signs of seatbelt use. A skilled auto products liability lawyer will also have the body of the ejected person carefully examined for evidence of seatbelt bruising and marking. They would have the webbing tested microscopically for marks, blood stains or other indicators that would prove that the seatbelt was in use at the time of the accident.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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  • Christian

    This is really disturbing that they haven’t even buried my Aunt Robin and you are already trying to “cash out” on it. There is absolutely no monetary value to her life and where is the human respect to let this issue rest until she is at least buried this tuesday??

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