Three people were hospitalized with injuries in an October 6, 2009 Riverside car accident after two vehicles went off the right side of the 10 Freeway and crashed. According to a news report in The Desert Sun, the accident occurred on the 10 East near Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City. California Highway Patrol officers say they don’t know if the two vehicles collided. One car overturned a few yards from the roadway and the other went down and back up an embankment at a high rate of speed and flew over a fence before coming to a stop. The driver of the vehicle that rolled over was ejected. A passenger in that vehicle suffered back injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was also injured. All three were taken to an area hospital.
My heart goes out to all the injured victims of this car accident. I wish them all the very best for a quick and complete recovery and hope none of them suffered any major injuries. Please keep these victims in your prayers.
Rollover Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), two deaths and 99 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in Cathedral City. In Riverside County, 185 deaths and 9,390 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at least 10,000 fatalities occur each year as a result of rollover car accidents in the United States. That number accounts for 25 percent of all traffic accident fatalities in the country.
Based on this newspaper report, it is not clear how or why this car accident occurred. Was it because of negligence on the part of one of the drivers, a vehicle defect or a dangerous condition on the roadway? CHP officials are still trying to figure whether this involved a collision and who was at fault. In rollover car accidents, injuries can be severe because of the intensity and impact of these crashes.
Auto Products Liability in Rollover Crashes
In this case, one of the drivers was ejected from the vehicle. It would be important to find out whether that man was wearing his seatbelt. If he was, was he ejected because of a seat restraint system failure? Often, seatbelt defects surface in rollover crashes because when there is violent movement inside the vehicle, a defective seatbelt is likely to give way, eject the vehicle occupant and cause serious injuries. The injured victim in this case would be well-advised to preserve the vehicle in its current condition so it may be examined by an expert for auto product defects, particularly seatbelt defects.
In any such rollover car accident, injured victims will be well-served to consult with reputed personal injury lawyers who have experience and an excellent track record with auto products liability cases. The best personal injury law firms will always offer free consultations to injured victims and their families.
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