Anthony Amaya, a 3-year-old boy died in a San Bernardino County rollover car accident after the car he was riding in overturned on the 215 freeway and ejected the boy onto the roadway, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports. The fatal car crash occurred on the southbound 215 Freeway near the 10 Freeway interchange in Colton the night of June 28, 2009. Anthony was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The boy was apparently riding in the back of a 2005 Chevy Malibu when the driver lost control and crashed.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family of little Anthony Amaya. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there were four fatalities and 352 injuries involving car accidents in Colton. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 308 fatalities and 9,920 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are about 40,000 car accident deaths in the United States each year, out of which about 10,000 or 25 percent involve rollover accidents.
In this case, the newspaper report does not offer too many details about how or why the driver of the Chevy Malibu lost control. We know, based on the news report, that the child was in the back seat, which is where a 3-year-old should be. But we do not know if Anthony was securely placed in a child seat and if the child seat did what it was supposed to do to protect the toddler during this car crash? Was there a failure of the seat restraint system? These are important questions to ask here.
In rollover accident cases that result in serious personal injuries or death, injured victims and their families would be well-advised to consult with experienced auto product defect attorneys, who will be able to look at the facts of the case, analyze all aspects and determine whether an auto product defect caused or contributed to the rollover crash and resulting injuries. If that is the case, the manufacturer of the defective product could be held liable for the injuries, damages and loss. The best California personal injury lawyers California personal injury lawyers will always offer a free and comprehensive initial consultation to injured victims and their families.