Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of people aged 1-54 in the United States. Most of these deaths occur to drivers and passengers. Seat belt use is the most effective way to reduce the risk of death and injuries.
In 2016, there were 23,714 passengers and drivers who were killed in accidents. More than half of the teens and adults injured in these crashes were not wearing seat belts. The same year, the use of seat belts saved nearly 15,000 lives. Airbags in conjunction with seat belts are the most effective way to reduce the risk of injuries or death.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a Georgia driver survived a horrific crash in Florida that killed four people because he wore his seat belt.
The crash happened on Tuesday night along Interstate 95.
Police reports indicate that a semi-truck driven by 60-year-old Charlie Doles of Georgia ran into a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup truck with a trailer attached. They were both traveling through Titusville at the same time. The pickup truck was hauling a land excavator when one of the trailer axles separated and rolled under Doles’ semi. Doles had to swerve and hit the pickup truck.
Both vehicles ran off the road. The pickup truck overturned with four men inside. All were family members.
30-year-old Juan Magana, 38-year-old Jose Magana, 58-year-old Jose Magana Guil, and 50-year-old Jaime Magana were all died in the crash. Three of the passengers died at the scene and the fourth at the hospital.
Only the driver of the truck had been wearing a seat belt. Two of the men in the pickup truck were ejected from the vehicle.
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