BOSSIER PARISH, La. —Taylor Hodges, a 29-year-old Shreveport woman, tragically died Feb. 2 in a rollover crash in Shreveport.
A preliminary investigation indicates that Hodges’ vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when she lost control of it at about 8:15 p.m. in the 1600 block of Market Street, local authorities said. The vehicle hit a guardrail and building before coming to rest upside down.
Hodges suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was transported to Ochsner LSU Health hospital, where she later died.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing. No additional information was immediately available.
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Auto manufacturers are charged with designing cars that can withstand foreseeable accidents. As a personal injury attorney, I have handled numerous cases involving vehicles that failed to meet the basic principles of crashworthiness—vehicles that fail to protect occupants due to manufacturing flaws or defects.
Because of my experiences, the nature and severity of this accident raise questions about the crashworthiness of the vehicle Taylor Hodges was driving. Rear-end and rollover collisions are common, and manufacturers design cars to protect occupants in such scenarios.
A thorough investigation needs to be conducted by professionals with extensive experience in this area of the law to know how this vehicle withstood the force of impact. Did the seats perform as designed, or did they collapse? Did the seat belt provide proper protection? Did the roof structure hold under the vehicle’s weight, or did it crush the victim? Did the airbags deploy properly? These are just a few questions that the victim’s family deserves answers to.
If the vehicle’s safety features failed to protect Taylor Hodges adequately, then the auto manufacturer must be held accountable for their role in this tragedy. My deepest condolences to Ms. Hodges’ family and friends, who I know are dealing with immense loss.
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