An 18-year old teenager was killed in an auto accident in Alabama when his Jeep left the road and flipped several times. His passenger, a girl aged eleven, was extracted by emergency responders and air-lifted to a nearby hospital.
According to reports, the teenage driver was thrown from the vehicle because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. The young girl was wearing her seatbelt, which is why she is currently recovering in a local hospital.
Although the cause of the one-vehicle accident is not yet known, it does provide further proof of the effectiveness of seatbelts in auto accidents. The Alabama Department of Safety has reported that this is the 368th fatal auto accident this year, down from 384 in 2008. Of those 368 people who were killed, 187 were not wearing a seatbelt.
Apparently, there were no witnesses to this accident, aside from the hospitalized 11-year-old girl. Tire marks, the final position of the Jeep, and other signs such as possible debris on the road or a damaged fence, will tell police a lot about how the accident could have occurred, but probably not everything. It may turn out that a tire blowout or defective vehicle was involved. In that case, the manufacturers of the tire and vehicle could be held responsible for the accident, at least to some extent.
If you or one of your family members has been injured in an auto accident, please contact our Mobile, Alabama auto accident lawyers at Long & Long today to schedule a free personal injury consultation.