Shanna Michelle Marie Meyers, 27, was killed in a San Francisco area car accident when the vehicle in which she was a passenger crashed into the center divider and rolled over multiple times. The Martinez News-Gazette reports the fatal car accident occurred on the connector road between eastbound Highway 4 and southbound I-680 in Pacheco the night of February 12, 2011.

Meyers was in the backseat of a 1999 Subaru Forester driven by Alexis Seltzer, 25, and Nicholas Utne, 25 was in the front passenger seat. Seltzer states that she swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway and the Forester struck a concrete barrier and rolled over. Meyers was ejected from the vehicle and died from her injuries in a nearby hospital. Police suspect that Meyers was not wearing a seatbelt. The other two occupants of the vehicle were not injured.

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Shanna Michelle Marie Meyers. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic rollover accident.

Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 18 people were killed and 639 were injured as a result of car accidents in the unincorporated Contra Costa County. During the same year, there were 59 fatalities and 3,621 injuries reported as a result of car accidents in Contra Costa County.

What Caused This Tragic Rollover Accident?

Based on this news report, it is not quite clear how or why this tragic accident occurred. There are several unanswered questions here. Did this rollover accident and the resulting fatal injuries occur due to an inherent design flaw or auto defect in the SUV? In many SUV models, their high center of gravity and narrower track width cause them to tip over even at normal speeds. If I were a family member of the victim here, I would want to know if Meyers was ejected because she was not buckled up or because of a defective seatbelt. These are all important issues that must be examined in any fatal or major injury SUV rollover accident case.

Victims’ Claim for Compensation

In such cases, it would be in the best interests of the deceased victim’s family to preserve the vehicle in its current, crashed condition, unaltered, so it can be thoroughly examined by an expert for product defects, design flaws and other evidence. If an auto defect caused this accident, then, the deceased victim’s family can file a wrongful death claim against the auto maker seeking damages. An experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled auto products liability cases against large auto makers will be able to advise victims or their families about their legal rights and options.

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