A 49-year-old man was killed in a San Diego car accident the afternoon of February 21, 2010 after his SUV went off the roadway, crashed and rolled over on State Route 67. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the man was driving a 1994 Jeep Cherokee near Slaughterhouse Canyon Road, when he lost control of the vehicle. The driver overcorrected the SUV and it rolled over before coming to rest on its wheels, California Highway Patrol officials said. The man had his seatbelt on, but was killed as the Jeep’s roof caved in, resulting in massive and fatal head injuries.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this deceased victim for their tragic and devastating loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.

Rollover Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are about 10,000 fatal rollover accidents in the United States each year. That number accounts for nearly 25 percent of all traffic accident fatalities in the country every year.

SUV Rollovers

SUVs are particularly prone to rollover accidents because of their higher center of gravity and lower track width. As evident in this case, many SUVs are also, susceptible to roofcrush issues. In a number of SUV models, especially in the models manufactured in the 1990s, the roof is so flimsy and weak that it caves in causing critical head or spinal cord injuries. Many vehicle occupants are also left paralyzed as a result of the catastrophic injuries sustained in these rollover accidents. The NHTSA is yet to come up with a new rule to change the roof strength requirement — a standard that has not been updated or modified for more than 35 years.

Auto Product Liability Issues

The victim’s family in this case would be well-advised to preserve the Jeep in its original crashed condition so it can be carefully examined by an expert for evidence of poor vehicle design, auto product defects and mechanical malfunctions. In cases where a defective auto caused a person’s fatal injuries, his family can file a claim against the auto manufacturer seeking damages. An experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who has successfully handled auto product liability cases against large auto makers, will be able to advise this family about their legal rights and options.

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