Sarasota, FL-In a rollover crash, or any traffic accident, a seat belt can save lives. Using proper restraints will keep passengers from being ejected or tossed around inside a vehicle and minimize injuries. Sadly, too many people fail to use safety restraints for themselves or their child passengers with dire consequences.
Woman Killed in Rollover Crash on I-75, Six Child Passengers Injured
Florida Highway Patrol responded to a rollover crash Sunday, October 15, 2017, just after before 8:00 a.m. on Interstate 75. The Bradenton Herald reports that a Jeep blew tire near Apollo Beach causing the driver to lose control and run off the road. The vehicle rolled over and ejected the 28-year old driver causing her to suffer fatal injuries. She was not wearing a seat at the time of the crash.
According to the Bradenton Herald, there were six children in the Jeep ranging in ages from one to eleven years old. Four of the children were not properly restrained and were also ejected from the vehicle. Only two of the children were properly restrained.
Four of the children suffered minor injuries, and two others suffered critical injuries, the paper reports.
Fewer Americans Are Buckling Up
Fatal traffic accidents jumped 5.6 percent in 2016, according to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are several reasons for the increase, including the rising numbers of motorists and passengers who forget or refuse to wear a seatbelt.
According to the NHTSA, from 2015 to 2016, there was a 4.6 percent increase in fatalities involving unrestrained passengers. Forty-eight percent of occupants who suffered fatal injuries were unrestrained at the time of their accident. In Florida, an average of 41 percent of the individuals killed in traffic collisions was not properly restrained.
Wearing a seatbelt reduces your chances of being killed by 45 percent. If you don’t wear safety restraints, you are 30 percent more likely to be ejected. That’s why all motorists should buckle up, insist their passengers do the same, and they must properly restrain their children.
Aside from safety, there are legal reasons for wearing a seatbelt. For one it’s a primary traffic offense so that an officer can pull you over for a seatbelt violation. Secondly, failing to wear your seat belt can raise issues of liability if you enter into settlement negotiations with an insurer or file a civil claim.
Florida’s Seatbelt Laws
In Florida, it is mandatory all drivers and passengers wear a seatbelt in an automobile. There are a few exceptions to the rule including people who have a medical condition and bus drivers and passengers.
Police can pull a driver over if they aren’t wearing a seatbelt or their passengers aren’t buckled up and issue a citation.
Injured in an Accident? Call an Accident Attorney in Sarasota
You can be severely injured in a traffic accident, and the medical bills will begin to pile up. You might be unable to work and need extensive rehabilitation all because of a careless driver. If you hurt in an accident, you need to get legal advice right away. USAttorneys.com can connect you with a knowledgeable accident lawyer in Sarasota to meet with and discuss your case.