Adam Goodsell, 32 years-old, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2012 due to his injuries received in an accident on Friday, March 9, 2012. KSL News reports that Adam Goodsell was traveling back home on U.S. 89 near Wellsville from Salt Lake City, Utah after purchasing an engagement ring. He had placed a call to 911 reporting that his brakes had failed and that his gas pedal was stuck. Moments later, his vehicle rolled over, ejecting Goodsell. He was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. He was taken to the hospital with serious head injuries and was a patient there for nine days until he passed on. His family posted on Facebook this past Sunday, reporting of his passing expressing thanks to those who supported him.
I offer my sincere condolences to this family for their loss and to his fiance/future wife for her profound loss.
I am very saddened by this accident. The question I wonder is whether a seat belt could have saved his life. Seat belts are a safety feature in vehicles intended, as a minimum, to keep the person attached to their seat. The use of a seat belt would prevent most ejections from occurring. Although there are exceptions, such as being ejected and landing on a soft area, being ejected and then seriously injured in the tumbling and probably head impact, could also be prevented by the use of a seat belt. I’m a little mystified in this case that if he had time to call 911 to report the loss of his brakes, which the 911 operators could do little about in the moment, why he didn’t instead, or additionally, buckle his safety belt.
My strong suggestion for my readers to wear their seat belt aside, I wonder then about the real reason for the crash, the loss of his brakes. Were they serviced somewhere recently? Was there a maintenance issue with them? Or was there a system failure brought on by a defect in the vehicle? I would imagine that the investigation by law enforcement might attempt to answer these questions. If a shop had recently looked at, inspected, or serviced the brakes, there could be a claim against the shop owner. If it is a manufacturing defect, then there could be a possible claim against the manufacturer. All things considered, I would recommend that this man’s loved ones at least consult with a reputable Utah auto accident attorney to find out what remedies might be available in this circumstance.
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