The statistics regarding seatbelts and their efficacy in saving lives is sobering. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents. Of those, 48% were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. Complete ejections from vehicles kill 80% of those who are ejected. Seat belts help to prevent these kinds of ejections. The act of simply wearing a seatbelt can reduce a person’s risk of fatal injury by 45% and the risk or serious injury by 50%. WSB TV reports on a serious accident that injured six children who were not properly restrained.
Last Thursday, two adults and six children from Marietta, Georgia were seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident in Florida.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the two vehicles were traveling just past the Southside Boulevard overpass in Jacksonville.
21-year-old Sergio Flores was driving alone when he made an improper lane change, striking the Cadillac Escalade carrying the six children and two adults. The Cadillac spun clockwise and hit a light pole before rolling over. The other vehicle hit a concrete barrier.
One adult and four children suffered from minor injuries. However, the second adult and two of the children were seriously injured. The two drivers and one of the children who wasn’t seriously injured were the only people wearing seatbelts.
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