A 19-year-old man was killed in an SUV rollover accident after a tire blowout occurred in the Chevy Blazer SUV he was traveling in. According to a news report in The Stockton Record, the fatal rollover accident occurred on Highway 99, near Louise Avenue, in Stockton, the evening of July 3, 2011. A 20-year-old woman was driving the SUV in the southbound lane of the highway when a tire blew. The Blazer veered out of control and overturned. The male passenger suffered fatal injuries, while the driver is expected to recover. It is not clear what may have caused the blowout, or if the victims were wearing seatbelts.

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the man killed in this horrific rollover car accident. My thoughts and prayers are also with the injured driver. I wish her a complete and speedy recovery.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), Stockton car accidents claimed 25 lives and injured 1,684 people. During that same year, there were 81 fatalities and 3,577 injuries reported as a result of San Joaquin County car crashes.

What Caused This Fatal Car Accident?

There are a number of questions that investigators will have to answer following this rollover accident. What caused the tire to blow out? Was the tire defective or improperly maintained? Did the design of the Chevy Blazer lead to the rollover crash and the fatal injuries? Were any of the injuries caused by a defective seatbelt? It will be important, after any SUV rollover crash, to determine the answers to such questions and establish the facts.

Auto Product Liability Issues

The 2001 Chevy Blazer is one of the more unstable SUVs on the road. It is poorly designed and built. It has a long history of rollover accidents. The Blazer also has a history of restraint system failures, meaning defective seat belts. There is a history of Blazer seat belts failing in numerous accident sequences and allowing people to be thrown around inside the SUV and/or being ejected. An expert analysis of the seat belt fibers, buckles, anchors and retractors will indicate seatbelt use and help determine if there was a seatbelt failure.

In such cases, the family of the deceased victim, in order to determine what happened and who was at fault, needs to have an immediate independent and professional investigation done, followed by an expert analysis. The vehicle and all of its component parts, especially the tire, must be preserved as evidence. By hiring an expert auto product liability law firm that specializes in SUV rollovers and auto product defects, the victims and their families will have all this work done for them, without any upfront costs to them.

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