Three Indiana Family Members Killed in Texas Rollover

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 7-Aug-2013

A pickup truck rollover in Hooks, Texas rocked an Indiana family when the 17-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle and overcorrected, prompting the truck to overturn. Three of the family members occupying the vehicle were killed in the tragic Texas car accident.

A total of seven people were in the vehicle at the time of the rollover wreck. Police identified the two of the three family members killed as 50-year-old Jesus Ochoa and 44-year-old Belen Ochoa. The third victim’s name has not yet been released.

The driver was identified as a 17-year-old male. Two other family members and a friend of the family were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Those four other occupants were treated for non-life threatening injuries, officials reported.

Authorities are still investigating the scene of the rollover crash but believe the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel, sparking the accident.

Pickup trucks can have a specific risk of overturning because of the higher center of gravity and design. But despite the propensity for overturning, vehicles are designed to meet certain requirements that protect occupants from roof crush and other auto equipment malfunctions that can leave drivers and passengers at risk for serious head injuries, neck injuries and spine injuries. In addition, the design and implementation of important equipment, like seatbelts, are vital to keeping occupants within the vehicle during even the most violent rollover accident.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a rollover accident where auto equipment failed to protect you from serious injuries or prompted those injuries in and of themselves, call our auto product liability lawyers in Texas at 800-359-5690, contact our personal injury law firm online or visit one of the 10 office locations for our auto accident lawyers in Waco, Temple, Killeen and statewide Texas. We care. We can help.

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