Would Seat Belt Have Saved Driver Ejected in Rollover Crash?

A driver was killed in a rollover crash in Ludlow early Labor Day morning. California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials say 25-year-old Cody Brown of Cypress was driving a 2012 Ford Fusion on I-40 in the No. 1 lane when he veered left across the shoulder and onto the dirt embankment. The vehicle overturned and came to a rest on its roof.

Brown was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash. They suffered minor injuries and were able to exit the vehicle on their own.

The CHP is still investigating the rollover crash, but alcohol and drugs are not suspected factors. However, authorities say Brown was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred.

Seat belts are the No. 1 way to prevent being ejected from a vehicle during a crash. People who do not wear a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected during a crash, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of people who are ejected from vehicles, more than 3 out of 4 die from their injuries.

“The victim’s family and friends are in our prayers. Please wear your seat belt every time you get into a vehicle. You can’t predict when these crashes are going to happen, so it’s always best to be prepared for the worst,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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