Motor vehicle accidents are among the leading causes of death among adults. Negligent drivers on the road cause many of these accidents. Unfortunately, despite a person’s best efforts, it is impossible to entirely eliminate the dangers that other drivers pose on the roadways. One of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce the dangers of other drivers is to wear a seatbelt. Unfortunately, millions of drivers fail to employ this simple safety device.
Driver and Child Ejected During Car Crash
A recent car accident which involved a Greenville, South Carolina man and his children, exposes the dangers of riding in a car without a seat belt. While traveling along Interstate 40 in Cocke County, Tennessee, the car suddenly left the road and slammed into the guardrail and ran through it. The car then apparently went airborne over a two-lane road that runs alongside Interstate 40. When the car came down, it rolled an estimated four times.
The man and his 5-year-old daughter were ejected from the car. The driver’s 4-year-old son was not ejected. Emergency personnel responded and declared the man dead on the scene. The 5-year-old child suffered critical injuries and emergency personnel airlifted the child to the hospital. Officials listed the boy in stable but guarded condition.
Officials stated that none of the occupants had seat belts or child restraint devices on at the time of the accident. One trooper stated that a seat belt or other restraint device may have prevented the driver’s death and may have significantly reduced the children’s injuries. Officials do not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role, but think that the driver may have fallen asleep.
What You Should Do If You Are in a Motor Vehicle Accident
If you are in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you take certain measures in order to protect your rights against other negligent drivers. In this regard, you should:
- Contact the police to investigate the crash and have the police complete a report. You should review the police report to make sure it is accurate.
- Identify any witnesses on the scene and take down their contact information.
- Take pictures of the scene and any damage to your property.
- If you are injured, seek medical attention and keep copies of any medical reports.
- Contact an experienced Greenville auto accident attorney for assistance.
Contact a Greenville Auto Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one is injured in a motor vehicle accident, an experienced Greenville car accident attorney can help protect your rights. David R. Price, Jr. is an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney in Greenville, South Carolina and can help you with your case. The firm has significant experience helping motor vehicle accident victims obtain compensation for their injuries. Although it is vitally important for your safety that you and your passengers use a seatbelt, you may recover for injuries sustained in a car wreck even if you were not wearing your seatbelt.
From handling the insurance claims process to managing medical bills to filing a lawsuit, our firm will be with you through the entire process to make sure that you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.
David Price is a Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Collections, and Criminal Defense Attorney who practices in Greenville, SC. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, and has been practicing law for 12 years. David Price believes in helping those who have been injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.