Failure to Wear Seat Belts Results in Death of Six Family Members

On October 18, 2013, in Upper Arlington, Ohio, outside Columbus, a driver ran a red light and then stopped in the middle of the intersection. At the same time, a police cruiser responding to a robbery call was entering the intersection with a siren going and emergency lights flashing. Unfortunately, the driver stopped too late to avoid the collision with the police car. The driver and all five of his passengers were killed. The driver and all five passengers were not wearing seat belts.

The driver and passengers were a family; the mother, father and 9 children lived together after fleeing Iraq. The parents and the four daughters died; ages 39, 31, 16, 14, 12 and a 2 year old. Five brothers and the grandmother were at home.

Collisions with Police Vehicles

The police officer in the other vehicle survived with a head injury. Nevertheless, statistically, police officers are more likely to die in motor vehicle collisions with other vehicles than the occupants of those other vehicles.

Nationally, the numbers are that between 1980 and 2008, there have been 393 officers killed in such collisions and 91 civilians. The causes of these police and civilian accidents? Speeding is the usual cause. 430 police officers died in crashes which involved striking fixed objects or in vehicle rollovers. Interestingly, about 41% of those officers that died were involved with emergency runs, with their sirens on and their lights flashing.

Failure to Wear Seat Belts Ejections

We have noted in prior blog article that a failure to wear seat belts often results in more serious injuries than victims would otherwise have. Ejections from motor vehicles are a common cause of death when seat belts are not involved. While folks often sustain serious injuries from inside motor vehicles, including death, ejections are a sure way to increase injuries – bodies become projectiles, often at high rates of speed, striking the road or other objects resulting in head and other serious injuries.

The two year old in the Ohio case was not in a child restraint seat. In Massachusetts the “Booster Seat Law”  which was signed in 2008, requires all children to be in federally approved child safety seats until they are 8 years old, or over 57 inches tall.

Furthermore, Massachusetts requires all persons to wear seat belts.  There are exceptions including those that cant for medical reasons, taxi drivers, and folks driving old vehicles without seat belts.

Failure to Wear Seat Belt Cases Needs Experienced Lawyer

If you, or someone you know, were seriously injured because they were not wearing a seat belt, call an experienced personal injury motor vehicle accident attorney. Don’t let the insurance company investigators take your statement without representation. Get someone on your side who has been through this hundreds of times for his clients, since 1985.

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