Crystal Lopez, 15, was killed in a San Diego car accident after the pickup in which she was a passenger went out of control and crashed. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the fatal car crash occurred the morning of July 24, 2010 when Crystal was riding with her mother in a pickup traveling west on Interstate 8 near Crestwood Road. California Highway Patrol officials say it was then that they heard a popping sound. The truck went out of control, struck the center divide and rolled over several times before landing on its wheels. Crystal, who was wearing her seatbelt at the time, died before she could be transported to a nearby hospital. An investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Crystal Lopez for their tragic, heartbreaking and untimely loss. This grieving family will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.

Car Accident Statistics

According to CHP’s 2008 traffic accident statistics, there were 81 fatalities and 6,123 injuries as a result of car accidents in San Diego. Countywide, car accidents claimed 246 lives and injured 13,527 people during the same year.

Possible Causes

If the details of this newspaper report are accurate, it appears that there may have been some type of vehicle defect or mechanical malfunction that led to this tragic crash. There are several questions here. What caused the popping sound that was heard moments before the crash? Was it a tire blowout? Did some other vehicle part fail? Did they hit debris on the roadway? I trust officials are looking at these and other issues in order to determine precisely what caused this fatal crash.

Auto Product Liability Issues

If it is determined that an auto product defect caused the accident, then, the auto maker or the manufacturer of the defective product can be held liable for the resulting injuries and wrongful death. In such cases, it would be in the best interests of the family to preserve the vehicle in its current condition, unaltered, so it can be thoroughly examined by an expert for product defects, malfunctions and other evidence. A reputed San Diego personal injury lawyer, who has successfully handled auto product liability cases on behalf of injured victims or their families, will be able to advise them about their legal rights and options.

What are the most common types of auto product defects you encounter? Which are the defects that concern you the most?

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