Joey Pendleton, Kentucky’s state senator, recently witnessed a horrific car accident on the interstate involving 4 people, 2 who were seriously injured.
Pendleton explained how the driver lost control of the car, resulting in 2 of the victims being ejected — the driver and the mother of a child who was strapped in a child seat in the backseat.
Failing to wear a seat belt left the mother fatally injured and the driver in critical condition. The child and the child’s grandmother, who was wearing a seat belt, survived this deadly crash.
When Indiana State Police reviewed the case, officers concluded that the mother could’ve survived if she had been wearing her seat belt, and the driver could have sustained less serious injuries by also wearing a seat belt.
Statistics indicate that 45% of fatal injuries and 50% of major injuries in traffic accidents could be avoided if seat belts are used.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, 305 lives in Indiana were saved because of seat belts and 50 others could’ve been saved if a seat belt had been worn. Wearing a seat belt is a federal law, and rules vary from state to state. But if you’re found not wearing a seat belt, you’ll be fined. Worst of all, you could lose your life.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, speak with an Indiana personal injury attorney to learn about filing a claim for your injuries and damages.
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