Two-Car Auto Accident With Serious Personal Injuries
Four people from the same vehicle were taken to the hospital after sustaining serious personal injuries in an auto accident. The accident occurred in front of Turtle’s Smoke Shop on State Route 167. Two passengers sitting in the back seat, both young children, were relatively unharmed and received only scrapes and cuts. Meanwhile, they immediately rushed the male passenger that was in the front seat into surgery. The pregnant driver was evaluated and determined to be OK after the Sunday afternoon mishap near Tacoma.
The Washington State Patrol said the driver of the other vehicle, a SUV, is also pregnant but refused aid. While all details were not released, the WSP did state that the four transported to the hospital were wearing seatbelts.
Important Safety Reminders
The Riverside Fire response team had some important reminders for everyone on the road: “Some of the toughest calls we go to involve kids. Please remember to buckle them up, car seats and boosters need to be restrained to the seat.” (https://twitter.com/Piercefire14)
This accident caused significant delays on SR 167. View original news source here: 2 Adults 2 children taken to hospital after a serious crash in Pierce County.
A Seatbelt can Save Lives in an Auto Accident
One of the essential steps in safely operating a vehicle is making sure that everyone in the car is wearing a seatbelt! Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in people ages 1-54. Wearing a belt is the single most reliable tool in preventing and saving lives in motor vehicle crashes. Safety reports vary by a small margin, but there is no doubt that millions of lives have been saved by just buckling up. An estimated 45-60% of over 2 million involved in motor vehicle accidents each year are alive today because of seatbelts! That’s a remarkable increase in non-fatal accident numbers. Yet millions of people still play a roulette game with their lives by failing to buckle up. Sadly, it only takes one fatal mistake to change the results.
Guidelines to Buckle Up Safely
It’s crucial that everyone in the vehicle wears seatbelts and that they fit correctly.
- The lap belt and shoulder belt lay across the pelvis and rib cage, which are better able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body.
- Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck.
- The lap belt rests on your hips, not your stomach.
- NEVER put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm. Learn more about seatbelt safety.
Seatbelts and Children: Car Seat Safety Tips
The backseat of most vehicles is the safest place to be in an auto accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat for this very reason. Here are some additional tips about car seats and booster seating that the agency recommends families with small children know:
- Rear-facing seats: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children remain in rear-facing car seats until at least age 2.
- Forward-facing seats: When kids outgrow rear-facing car seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats placed in the back seat of vehicles. Use forward-facing seats until the age of 4 or reaching a weight of 40 pounds.
- Booster Seats: Kids between four and eight years old who are under 4 feet 9 inches tall may use booster seats located in the back seat of vehicles.
- Seatbelts: Children may begin to use adult seatbelts in the back seat once they reach the age of 8 and are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. (Source: Child Passenger Safety: A Parent’s Primer, NHTSA)
- Guidelines and Choices for Car Seats and Booster Seats
Why Car Seats are Important for Auto Accident Safety
There are specific safety guidelines for the proper use of safety restraint systems with children. With the various stages of a child’s development, car seats are often an independent addition to a car’s built-in SRS-system. This ensures that children of all ages will be safe and protected in the event of an accident. For more information on selecting the right car seat or booster for your child, check out Seat Guidelines for Traveling Children.
There are also great safety resources, like the video below, that shows how a seatbelt should properly fit on an older child.
Child restraint laws vary state to state. For the most updated information on these laws, check with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety at www.iihs.org.
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