One woman was killed and two others were injured in a Long Beach car accident after their pickup truck rolled over on the freeway, the night of September 3, 2011. According to a City News Service report, the fatal rollover crash occurred on the 710 Freeway, close to the 91 Freeway. California Highway Patrol officials say a female passenger, ejected from the pickup truck, was pronounced dead at an area hospital shortly after the crash. Another occupant of the vehicle, identified as 18-year-old Maria Gomez, suffered cuts to her legs and left side when she was ejected. Alicia Valdovinos, 20, a passenger, was also ejected from the truck and sustained a fractured pelvis, swollen forehead and multiple abrasions. The driver of the truck remains unidentified at the moment. An investigation is ongoing.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceased rollover accident victim. My heart also goes out to the injured victims of this crash. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to CHP’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 28 fatalities and 1,629 injuries involving Long Beach car accidents. During the same year, 554 people died and 50,817 were injured due to Los Angeles County car accidents.
What Caused This Fatal Crash
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what led to this horrific car accident. There are several unanswered questions here. Did alcohol or drugs play a part? Was the driver distracted? Did an auto defect or mechanical malfunction play a part in this crash? Were the women buckled up or were they ejected due to defective seatbelts? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred and why.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
In such cases, it would be a good idea to preserve the vehicle so it can be thoroughly examined by an expert for evidence of auto defects, malfunctions and other evidence. If a defective auto caused this accident, or if the victims were ejected due to defective seat restraint systems, the auto maker or manufacturer of the defective product can be held liable as well.
Injured victims or families of deceased victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable. The best auto product defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.