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Not Wearing a Seat Belt Can Have Devastating Consequences

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A car accident in York County, Virginia (VA), highlighted how important it is to always wear a seat belt and make sure your children are buckled up or secure in a car seat. During the February 2 2012, wreck, a 2-year-old was thrown from a vehicle and injured whe his father, making a left-hand turn onto Yorkton Road, ran a red light at Hampton Highway and hit another car and a pickup truck.

A 7-year-old child was also in the car and suffered injuries, according to the Virginian-Pilot. Both children were rushed to Riverside Regional Medical Center for treatment, and their father has been charged with reckless driving, running a red light and failure to secure a child in a restraint.

Many people still make the poor decision not to wear seat belts. A potential explanation for this disregard of basic safety is that Virginia is a “secondary enforcement” state. That means police officers cannot pull over vehicles if they notice drivers or passengers are not buckled up. A driver must be violating another traffic law before a officer can stop a car or truck. This is a bad law. Statistics indicate that states where nt using a seat belt is a primary offense have significantly higher rates of restraint use.

To learn more about the importance of wearing your seat belt, take a look at this article written by an experience Virginia personal injury lawyer.


About the Editors: The Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm, which has offices in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono services.