Geovanni Maciel, 18, was killed in a Riverside car accident after he lost control of his Honda Accord and crashed, The Press Enterprise reports. Maciel was driving a Honda Accord west on Lincoln Street in Lake Elsinore, early morning December 27, 2009, when it went out of control, struck several trees and rolled over numerous times. Maciel was ejected from the Honda and pinned under the vehicle. He was transported to an area hospital where he died a few hours after the car crash.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family of Geovanni Maciel for their devastating loss. My heart goes out to the family and friends of this young man. Please keep them in your prayers.
Deadly Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents can be deadly and this accident is proof. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,000 people die each year in the United States as a result of rollover accidents. That number accounts for 25 percent of all traffic accident fatalities in the country. In Riverside County, 279 fatalities and 9,925 injuries were reported in 2007 involving car accidents, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
What Caused this Fatal Car Accident?
This news report leaves a number of questions unanswered. Why did Maciel lose control of the Honda? Was there a vehicle defect or mechanical malfunction in the car? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway? The article does not mention whether speed or fatigue played a role in this crash. We also do not know whether Maciel was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. If he was, why was he ejected? Was there a seatbelt defect or seat restraint system failure when the crash occurred?
Auto Product Liability Issues
In any car accident where auto product defects are suspected, the vehicle must be preserved in its current crashed condition, unaltered, so it can be carefully examined by an expert for product defects, malfunctions and other evidence. A reputed California personal injury lawyer who has a successful track record with auto products liability cases will be able to help Maciel’s family and determine if someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. The best personal injury law firms will offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
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