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Javier Villasenor-Reyes killed in southeast Austin crash

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas—Javier Villasenor-Reyes, a 29-year-old driver, tragically lost his life on March 9 in a single-vehicle rollover crash.

Local authorities said Villasenor-Reyes was driving a Jeep Cherokee in the 8300 block of East Ben White Boulevard, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 183, when he lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled over.

Villasenor-Reyes was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

An investigation into the fatal wreck is underway. Authorities have not released any additional information.

Thoughts on the fatal rollover accident that killed Javier Villasenor-Reyes

My firm is often approached by families who recently lost a loved one in a rollover accident, wondering if there is anything that can be done. From the family’s perspective, these accidents are complex because it seems the fault must be on their loved one since they were in control of the vehicle at the time of the crash.

However, this is not entirely true. Many folks don’t realize that a cause of an accident and the cause of the injury are often separate and distinct. In rollover accidents, the driver may have been the primary cause of the accident, but the car itself is the primary cause of the injury. Auto manufacturers know that rollover accidents are highly likely and highly dangerous occurrences. As such, they have been charged to produce cars that can withstand the force of the rollover sequence. When a vehicle is not manufactured to withstand such impact, the law deems the auto manufacturer the primary cause of the injury, despite the driver being the primary cause of the accident.

The family will need to have this vehicle inspected by trained product defect lawyers to see if the car performed how intended during the rollover sequence. The accident report alone is insufficient to gather this information. Fortunately, many firms will do these investigations at no upfront cost to ensure the family can receive the justice and help they deserve.

I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Villasenor-Reyes’ family and hope they can find solace during this difficult time of grief.

Disclaimer: Our firm uses this blog to start important conversations about consumer safety. Those impacted by this accident, or an accident like it, can reach out to our firm for further information or to have this article removed. This content should not be construed as legal counsel or advice.

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