On Saturday, March 7, a 21 year old woman from Miami was killed after the van in which she was a passenger overturned on a ramp between Interstate 95 and Interstate 595 in Broward County. The young victim was one of five people riding in a 2006 Dodge Durango. The van crashed at about 3:30 p.m. as the driver attempted to exit northbound I-95 and enter east I-595. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
The driver, a 51 year old from Miami, apparently failed to negotiate the curve on the ramp and lost control of the vehicle. Two occupants were ejected from the Durango. Another passenger, a 24 year old from Miami Gardens, is currently listed in serious condition in Broward Health Medical Center. She was also not wearing a seat belt.
The driver and two others in the van, one of which is a four year old child, suffered minor injuries but thankfully were wearing seat belts and will make a full recovery.
This tragic crash serves as a sad reminder of the importance of seat belts. Our Miami car accident lawyers have seen time and time again—a seat belt can save a life in the event of a car accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that more than 15,000 lives are saved each year by seat belts.
Seat Belts Offer 5-Way Protection
Seat belts are known to prevent serious injury to the occupants of motor vehicles in five ways:
- Keep occupants inside the vehicle: When a car accident occurs, your body will attempt to continue to move at the speed the vehicle was traveling. Seat belts keep you from being thrown out of the car or traveling through the windshield. People thrown from the car are four times more likely to die in an accident than those kept within.
- Seat belts restrain the strongest parts of the body: Seat belts use the strongest parts of your body, the hips and shoulders, to restrain you in the event of a crash.
- Spreads out the force of a collision: Seat belts will spread the force of a crash over a wide area of the body. By avoiding putting stress on any one area, seat belts help to avoid serious injury. The shoulder strap will also keep our head and upper body away from the steering wheel, dashboard, and other hard parts of the vehicle that you would otherwise hit in the event of a crash.
- Slows your body down: It is the quick change of speed that often causes injury in a crash, and seat belts help to extent the time it takes for your body to slow down in a crash.
- Protects brain and spinal cord: Seat belts are designed to protect the two most fragile parts of your body—your brain and spinal cord. Head injuries can be deadly and spinal cord injuries can have serious consequences, both of which seat belts guard against.
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If you have been injured in a car accident, the Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are here to help. For over 130 collective years, we have assisted car accident victims across South Florida. Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald. Allow our dedicated attorneys to mount your successful case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.