Seatbelts may not prevent ejection during motor vehicle accidents
On behalf of Wilt & Thompson, PLLC posted in motor vehicle accidents on Thursday, September 13, 2018.
When it comes to vehicle safety, wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest and most important steps a person can take to stay safe in the event of a crash. Kentucky law requires all motorists and vehicle occupants to be properly restrained in a seat belt or car seat. Seat belts are designed to keep a person in the safest position possible during motor vehicle accidents, but being buckled up is never a guarantee that serious injury or death can be prevented.
Recently, a Kentucky road became the scene of a serious accident that ended in injury and death. An SUV came to a sudden stop, and the driver immediately following swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision. Unfortunately, the driver was not able to keep the vehicle on the road, and the vehicle began to roll as it entered the grass next to the shoulder.
A passenger in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, but had the seat in a reclined position. The man was ejected from the vehicle as it continued to roll. He suffered serious injury, and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, but sadly died a short time later.
When motor vehicle accidents claim lives, the family of the victim may not know where to turn for help. Funeral expenses and legal matters can seem overwhelming in a time of grief. Many families seek the aid of an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to assist with the paperwork with regard to insurance and legal claims so families can take time to heal.