The 2002 Toyota Sequoia SUV incur a rollover crash that was traveling south on U.S. 550 in northern New Mexico. Nothing on the road is more dangerous than losing control of your vehicle. At the moment of your accident, you can only hope that your vehicle is able to withstand the impact and protect you. If the structural integrity of your vehicle failed during a vehicle rollover, you have every right to hold the manufacturer responsible.
The Toyota rollover occurred Monday, July 29 2013 about 85 miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to New Mexico State Police, the SUV drifted off the roadway and when the driver (18-year-old Siaosi Salesi) tried to control the vehicle, indeed happen to over corrected the vehicle and it rolled several times. The vehicle manufacturing industry has developed many dynamic rollover crash test protocols that simulate what really happens in these accidents. However, domestic manufacturers do not utilize this type of testing because the government does not require it. Until such a test is required and manufacturers are forced to run it on all sport utility vehicles, SUVs will continue to be in violation of the basic principles of crashworthiness.
Ejection-Door Failure in Rollover Crash
19 years old, Polo Manukainiu (a defensive lineman at Texas A&M), Gaius “Keio” Vaenuku, 18, and Lolo Uhatafe, 13 were killed in this SUV rollover crash. Infact, Manukainiu and Lolo Uhatafe were actually ejected from Toyota Sequoia during the rollover which could most likely be the primary reason for the death. When the door opens in an accident, the occupant is exposed to the risk of ejection or partial ejection even if the individual is wearing a seat belt. Ejection remains one of the greatest risks, hazards and dangers facing vehicle occupants today because the door systems that are used by some vehicle manufacturers simply do not perform adequately during a crash event. When a vehicle’s door opens during an accident, a large ejection portal is created. When an occupant is ejected from a vehicle, there is a 13 times greater risk of injury to the ejected individual when compared to the people that remain inside the vehicle.
IN A ROLOVER, SEATBELT USE IS NOT ALWAYS EVIDENT, SO NEVER REJECT A CASE SOLELY BECAUSE THERE’S A LACK OF SEATBELT MARKS
Simply using the accident report to prove seatbelt use or no-use is improper. Reliance on the accident report to accurately conclude seatbelt use or nonuse is misguided for a number of reasons:
- Police officers lack the necessary engineering, medical and forensic training to accurately determine seatbelt use.
- Police officers do not have the time to properly analyze the physical, medical and forensic evidence to accurately determine belt use or nonuse.
- Police officers routinely rely solely on the word of people in the vehicle as to whether they were belted rather than conduct a detailed seatbelt investigation.
The Tracy Firm in Dallas TX expresses condolences to 3 college football players who were killed in rollover wreck.
Attorney, E. Todd Tracy is an expert in evaluating if a rollover accident is a viable case. Recently, on June 13th 2013, he conducted a CLE class at the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) annual meeting and presented recent information involving crashworthiness aspects as it relates to modern vehicles and their ability to keep us safe in a rollover accidents. If you have ever been in a rollover wreck please contact at 214-324-9000.