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Driver Killed In Lancaster Rollover Accident After Wheel Comes Off

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A driver was killed after a rear wheel dislodged from a vehicle causing it to roll over.

According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal rollover accident occurred the morning of February 13, 2015 at Avenue N near 35th Street West.

Officials say the driver of a 1969 Land Cruiser was traveling west on Avenue N near 35th Street West at about 50 mph.

For unknown reasons, the driver’s side rear wheel dislodged from the Toyota. The vehicle veered into
oncoming traffic and struck an eastbound 2011 Honda Odyssey causing minor injuries to the Honda’s drivers.

The driver of the Toyota, which rolled over on impact, was ejected from the vehicle and fatally injured. Officials say alcohol was not a factor in this crash. The investigation is ongoing.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of this deceased victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Crash Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 12 fatalities and 652 injuries involving Lancaster car accidents.

In Los Angeles County as a whole, 585 people died and 50,622 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.

What Caused This Fatal Rollover?

Based on this news report, it appears that the accident was triggered by a wheel that came loose from the Toyota, causing it to roll over. There are still several unanswered questions here.

What caused the wheel to come detached? Was there some type of defect or malfunction? Why was the driver of the Toyota ejected? Was the driver not buckled up or was he or she ejected because of a defective seatbelt or seat restraint system?

These are some of the questions that must be asked and answered in this case to arrive at the truth and determine precisely what caused this fatal crash.

Liability Issues

If a defective auto caused this rollover crash, the automaker and/or the manufacturer of the defective part that failed could be held liable for the victim’s death.

In such cases victims’ family members can file an auto product liability lawsuit against the automaker and/or the manufacturer of the faulty part.

Law enforcement agencies don’t always have the resources or the know-how to investigate these types of cases from the point of view of auto defects. It is important that victims or their families preserve the vehicle in its current condition unaltered so that an expert can analyze it for defects, malfunctions and design flaws.

A resourceful auto defect law firm will be able to delve into these issues and more and help hold the at-fault parties accountable.

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