Teen Killed in Single-Vehicle Rollover Accident in Montgomery County, Texas

A Montgomery County car accident sent one teen to the hospital and left another occupant in the single vehicle accident dead on Monday night, police reported.

The passenger, who was killed in the White Oak Orchard auto accident, was identified as 15-year-old Anthony Gomez. Police said Gomez was ejected, partially, from the vehicle after it struck a tree.

Officials believe the driver, identified as a 14-year-old, may have been traveling at a high rate of speed before losing control of the Pontiac G4 vehicle. As a result of the loss of control, police said the teen smashed into a nearby tree. The driver was transported to the hospital with injuries resulting from the single vehicle accident.

Police are still investigating the scene of the accident.

Speed is a common factor leading to auto accidents in Texas, leaving drivers unable to react adequately to debris, other vehicles and surrounding traffic. In addition, speed can make it more difficult to control a vehicle when a driver does lose control.

Single vehicle accidents can be as severe as accident involving multiple vehicles. Rollovers and accident involving trees and nearby objects can leave occupants vulnerable to life-threatening injuries and death. Although occupants who are not restrained may be at a higher risk of ejection from a vehicle, auto makers have the technology and standards to prevent some of the injuries associated with rollover and single vehicle crashes. The glass comprising windows in a car, truck or SUV is vital to keeping occupants within a vehicle. Laminated glass is designed to keep occupants within a vehicle with a layer of film that prevents glass from shattering completely. In contrasted, some windows, made from tempered glass may not protect occupants from ejecting from a vehicle through the window regions of a vehicle. With information regarding methods and equipment that can protect drivers and passengers from injuries caused by ejection or roof crush, auto makers have an important responsibility to protect consumers with the technology and information they have available to them.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident where auto equipment failed to protect you or actually caused injury, call our auto defect attorneys in San Antonio, Austin, Waco and statewide Texas for a free initial consultation. Our team of attorneys is well versed about vehicle recalls and auto standards, helping our team fully investigate vehicle flaws and resulting Texas auto accidents. We care. We can help.

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