A young Jacksonville woman was killed early Sunday morning, September 12, after her pickup truck left the highway and slammed into a tree. The 25-year-old is identified as Guadalupe Santos. She was driving on Interstate 295 north of Commonwealth Avenue around 9 a.m. As Santos headed south, she approached a vehicle in front of her who reports she was traveling at a high rate of speed. Before he could change lanes to the inside, Santos veered to the right shoulder where she lost control of her Ford pickup truck and struck the tree. The Florida Highway Patrol who responded, pronounced Santos dead at the scene. FHP reports she was not wearing a seat belt.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Santos, who reportedly leaves behind a seven-year-old daughter. Readers adding comments to News4Jax say Santos worked as a 911 dispatcher and she had plans to go to the police academy.
Seat Belts and Defective Autos
While law enforcement reports that Santos was not wearing a seat belt, it is also possible that her seat belt was defective and failed her when she needed it most.
We sometimes see that seat belts are produced with a manufacturing defect that may be the result of shoddy workmanship or poor quality materials. In the case of seat belts, that can cause them to fray, or unlatch and fail the motorist.
A manufacturing defect in a motor vehicle means the auto accident results in much worse injuries than would have occurred if the occupant had been strapped in properly. It might mean the difference between life and death.
If a manufacturing defect exists or shoddy workmanship or poor quality materials were used, and they pose a danger to consumers, the users can hold the manufacturer, seller, and/or distributor responsible in a court of law. The experienced Jacksonville auto product liability attorneys at Farah and Farah have been helping consumers injured by shoddy products for 30 years.