Chayo Cabrera, 25, was killed in a San Bernardino rollover accident on December 8, 2008, according to this news report. The rollover crash occurred when Cabrera lost control of his 1996 Toyota Corolla, hit a curb and rolled over on a bridge on Muscupiabe Drive in San Bernardino. Cabrera was ejected from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. He was apparently the only motorist on the bridge at the time.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Chayo Cabrera for their tragic loss.
Please keep them in your prayers.
Unfortunately, rollover accidents are among the most common types of traffic accidents in the United States. Often, these crashes result in catastrophic injuries or death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people are killed each year in rollover accidents and more than 24,000 people suffer catastrophic injuries as a result of such crashes.
Rollover crashes happen for many reasons. In this fatal San Bernardino crash, any number of things could have gone wrong. Cabrera could’ve lost control of his Corolla because of a mechanical malfunction or auto product defect. It is also quite possible that a dangerous condition on the roadway may have caused Cabrera to crash his vehicle.
This news report states that Cabrera was ejected from his Toyota Corolla. However, the report does not state that Cabrera was not wearing his seatbelt. If I were a member of Cabrera’s family, I would absolutely want to have the Corolla thoroughly examined for seatbelt failure. Cabrera may be alive today, had his seatbelt worked the way it was supposed to work. Seatbelt failure can occur when a faulty seatbelt comes unbuckled during a crash. It could also happen when the seatbelt retractor, which is supposed to lock the seatbelt webbing and hold the occupant in place, fails.
Chayo Cabrera’s family would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced California auto product defect attorney, who will carefully examine the crashed vehicle for seatbelt failure or other product defects or malfunctions. Please remember that the vehicle must be preserved in its current crashed condition because it will be the most significant piece of evidence for an auto product liability case.