Patricia Thrasher Killed in Rockdale, TX, Rollover Accident
Rockdale, TX -- February 17, 2017, Patricia Thrasher suffered fatal injuries as the result of an accident where her vehicle overturned off-road.
Officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that the accident happened just after 5:00 p.m. along FM 908.
Their preliminary investigations claim that 19-year-old Thrasher was traveling northbound in a car at the time. As she did so, the vehicle somehow lost control and swerved off the roadway. As a result, it began to overturn repeatedly before eventually coming to a halt.
Due to the crash, Thrasher sustained fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities say that investigations are ongoing.
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Reports have confirmed that Miss Thrasher was wearing her seatbelt when the accident happened. It's not out of the question that a driver can die despite wearing a seatbelt--it happens all the time. However, many people read these fatal, single-vehicle accidents and assume that it was caused by the driver being reckless. That's not always the case.
One thing to consider is whether or not the safety features performed properly in the vehicle and protected the driver to the degree they are supposed to. Did airbags deploy? Did the seatbelt lock properly? Did the roof perform adequately, or did it cave in?
These are factors not everyone considers in a car accident. A defective or malfunctioning safety feature on a vehicle can change an accident with moderate injuries to an accident with fatal injuries. It's imperative that investigations look into these factors an addition to the normal things covered by accident investigations. By doing this, any and all factors contributing to the victim's injury or death can be properly addressed.
--Grossman Law Offices