A 4-year-old girl has been seriously injured in a car accident after the SUV she was a passenger in, crashed and rolled over on Highway 101 in Monterey County, the Monterey Herald reports. According to the news report, the girl was riding in the right rear seat of a Dodge Durango SUV that was being driven by her mother, 23-year-old Luz Acosta. The SUV was traveling on the Highway 101 near Somavia Road the morning of November 19, 2009 when the woman lost control of the SUV. The Dodge crossed the center divider and two southbound lanes, rolled over and came to rest on the west side of the roadway. The child was ejected from the vehicle and was seriously injured. The extent of the mother’s injuries is not known.

This is indeed a heartbreaking incident. I sympathize with the family of this young woman, Luz Acosta, and her child. I hope and pray that both the mother and her daughter recover fully and completely from their serious injuries. Please keep them in your prayers.

Deadly Rollover Car Crashes

Rollover car accidents can be extremely devastating because of the intensity and violence of these crashes. Very often, we see that SUVs are more prone to tipping and rolling over because of their design. Their inherent SUV vehicle defects include a high center of gravity and low track width that increases their propensity for rollovers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are about 10,000 fatalities each year involving rollover accidents in the United States. That constitutes 25 percent of all traffic accident deaths in the country.

Auto Products Liability Issues

If I were a member of this family, I would certainly want to know what went wrong here. It is possible that this crash occurred due to driver error, but it’s too early to rule out the possibility of a mechanical malfunction or vehicle defect, given the details of the accident. I would also want to find out whether the little girl was in a booster seat or strapped securely to the rear seat at the time of the crash. If she had been secured, then, I would question why she was ejected. Was there a seat belt failure that caused her ejection and serious injuries?

The Acosta family would be well-advised to preserve the Dodge Durango in its current, crashed state, unaltered, so it can be carefully examined by an expert for auto product defects, malfunctions and other evidence. The vehicle itself is the biggest or main piece of evidence in a defective auto case. A reputed California personal injury lawyer, who has successfully represented victims of auto product defects against large auto makers, will be able to advise this family about their legal rights and options in this case.

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