According to California news, a teenaged girl has died in a rollover car crash. The report indicates that the girl was a passenger in a pick-up truck which skidded off the runway on Interstate 15.
The driver had been travelling in the middle lane when she lost control of the vehicle and veered off the freeway into an embankment, then rolled over several times. The victim was a passenger in the rear seat, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation.
According to the CDC injury center, an average of 9 teens aged 16-19 die each day from car accidents, with a total of more than 4000 teens (13-19 years old) dying in car accidents each year. In fact, car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in California and across the country. Commonly cited factors for the large number of deaths include driver distraction, driver inexperience and other forms of driver recklessness - such as speeding and alcohol/drug use.
However, car accidents may happen for a number of reasons besides the conduct of the driver. For example, roadway conditions - such as the design of the roadway and whether it has been properly maintained may contribute to an accident, or make it more likely that an accident may occur. This is sometimes referred to as roadway negligence. Other times, the design of a vehicle may make it more prone to certain types of accidents. For example, pick-up trucks and SUVs are more likely to be involved in roll-over accidents because their center of gravity is higher. In certain cases, the design of a vehicle has been found to contribute to an accident.
No two accidents are the same, and many factors may be to blame in each instance. For more information, or if you or a loved one has been in any type of car accident, please contact the experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.