Two children, ages 1 and 8, were killed in a rollover accident and three others sustained major injuries. According to a KTLA news report, the crash occurred on the northbound side of the 14 Freeway near Acton near the Red Rover Mine Road off-ramp the morning of July 20, 2017. California Highway Patrol officials said the vehicle veered to the right before hitting an embankment and overturning.
Five people were injured including three young children who were all in critical condition immediately after the crash. A 1-year-old and 8-year old died from their injuries. Three others suffered major injuries. The crash victims included a 37-year-old woman, a 16-year-old, a 1-year-old and 8-year-old boy and girl twins. All of the children had to be airlifted for treatment to nearby hospitals. There is no word yet on a possible cause for the crash.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of the two young children who died in this horrific car accident. We also wish those who were injured the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The Danger of Rollover Crashes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollovers are dangerous incidents that have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes. Of the nearly 9.1 million passenger car, SUV, pickup and van crashes in 2010, only 2.1 percent involved a rollover. However, rollovers accounted for nearly 35 percent of all deaths from passenger vehicle crashes. In 2010 alone, more than 7,600 people died in rollover crashes.
What Caused This Fatal Crash
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what caused this horrific crash. There are a number of unanswered questions here. What caused the driver of the car to veer right? Was he or she under the influence, distracted or speeding? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway? Did another driver run this vehicle off the roadway? Did a vehicle defect or mechanical malfunction cause or contribute to the accident? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred and why.
In such cases, it is important to preserve the vehicle so it can be thoroughly examined by an expert for evidence of defects, malfunctions and design flaws. If the accident was caused by an auto defect, the manufacturer of the vehicle or the defective party can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Victims or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who has a successful track record with auto product liability cases.