November 06, 2015
Edward Smith

Wilton Fatal Rollover Crash


A 29-year old Sacramento man died in a tragic rollover crash in the town of Wilton (near the City of Elk Grove) on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

According to a California Highway Patrol news release, the victim was driving eastbound along Tavernor Road.  As he approached Dillard Road he was unable to make the sharp left curve.  He hit a metal guardrail at a speed in excess of 55 mph.   As a result of the impact the vehicle went airborne and then flipped several times.  The vehicle came to a rest crossing Dillard Road.

Unfortunately, the man died of his injuries.  He was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 3:34 p.m. according to Sacramento County coroner’s office (916) 921-6400.

Always wearing a safety restraint and making sure you travel at a safe speed for weather and road conditions may go along way in preventing an accident such as the Wilton fatal rollover crash.

Many of the newer cars and trucks on the road, are now equipped with electronic stability control and side-curtain air bags.

Rollover Accidents

A rollover crash is one of the worst kind of accidents. They account for approximately 3% of the most serious crashes, yet they make up for approximately 30% of  the fatalities in passenger vehicles.

Crashworthiness is the ability a vehicle has to protect the occupants inside in the event of an unexpected impact. The criteria that is used during crashworthiness testing depends on many factors including the nature of the crash and the type of motor vehicle involved.  Crash testing aims to reduce the number of instances of fatal and serious injuries such as accidents like the Wilton fatal rollover crash.

Could faulty design be a factor in this Wilton Fatal Rollover Crash?

Rollover accidents don’t not need to be so fatal. Advances have been made to improve car and truck design.  But sometimes, manufacturers fail to make simple improvements that could cut fatalities nearly in half.  These improvements are relatively inexpensive for the manufacturer to make.

One of the first steps in determining defects in this type of case is to keep the salvage vehicle as evidence and contact an experienced product liability attorney right away.

Elk Grove Product Liability and Personal Injury Lawyer

Hello.  I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove Personal Injury Lawyer.  I have been handling auto accidents involving product liability for over thirty years. Only an experienced auto accident attorney can determine for sure if faulty design played a role in a serious or fatal rollover accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an auto accident, please call me right away at (916) 694-0002.  Or, call me toll-free at (800) 404-5400 if you are calling outside of Sacramento.

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