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CHEYENNE COUNTY, Kan.— Barbara J. Herrington, a 77-year-old resident of Brush, Colo., tragically died Jan. 13 in a rollover crash on Kansas 161 highway in northwest Kansas.

Herrington was southbound in a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am when the vehicle veered left off the roadway for unknown reasons and rolled twice. The Pontiac came to rest facing east on all four tires.

Herrington was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. At the time of the crash, she was reportedly alone in the car and wearing her seat belt.

The crash investigation is ongoing, and no additional information has been released.

Thoughts on the Fatal Rollover Crash in Northwest Kansas

Wrongful Death caused by Rollover in KansasI was deeply saddened to learn of Ms. Herrington’s death and the tragic accident that claimed her life. My most sincere condolences go out to her family and loved ones in what I know is a challenging time of grief.

Rollover accidents continue to be one of the leading causes of death in vehicle-related accidents despite considerable research and investment in reducing the risk of injuries in such accidents.

While we don’t know what caused Ms. Herrington’s vehicle to leave the roadway, my decades of experience as a personal injury attorney lead me to wonder if the tragic outcome could have been prevented

The reports indicate Ms. Herrington was wearing her seatbelt. This is an important fact. Auto manufacturers are charged to produce a vehicle that can withstand foreseeable accidents. Rollovers are highly foreseeable, and vehicles require adequate protection to prevent serious injury or death. This includes sufficient roof strength, restraint systems, and a safety canopy. Given Ms. Herrington was utilizing the designed restraint system, questions are raised on the adequacy of the roof strength and safety canopy in this vehicle.

I have handled countless cases involving turn-of-the-century vehicles designed with inadequate safety features. A thorough review of this Grand Am will need to be conducted to determine if this vehicle was crashworthy at the time of the accident.

Disclaimer: All information contained within this post was compiled from public sources or constitutes the author’s opinion. Please inform us immediately if you identify any false or misleading information.


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