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Fatal SUV Rollover Provides Testament to the Importance of Buckling Up

July 08, 2013

Our Georgia auto accident injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates are committed to the goal of encouraging practices that will prevent vehicle accidents and reduce the number of collision-related injuries and fatalities.  Because we see the tragic impact on accident victims and their families of serious car crashes every day, we sponsor public service campaigns like our Child Safety Passenger Program, which promotes always buckling kids up in car and booster seats.  While we recognize the value of such campaigns and public education regarding the dangers of not making sure everyone buckles up before leaving home, sometimes actual examples offer the most effective way to communicate this danger.

In a recent fatal collision that occurred in another state, five of the seven members of a family that were riding in a van died when the van was rear-ended by an 18-year-old teen driver who police subsequently arrested for DUI according to a NBC News report.  The police indicated beer bottles were found in the SUV and blood alcohol tests were performed.  All of our attorneys and staff express our deepest condolences to the victims of this tragedy and their loved ones.  The driver who was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol rear-ended the van with his SUV, which caused both vehicles to spin out of control.  The SUV rolled over in the collision according to the NBC account.

This fatal rollover accident serves as a heartbreaking illustration of the importance of drivers always confirming that every vehicle occupant is wearing a seatbelt before departing on a trip.  The police indicated that only two of those in the van were wearing seatbelts, and all five family members who were not wearing seatbelts were ejected from the van.  Amazingly, one of the passengers who was ejected upon impact survived the crash.  The highway patrol officer who investigated the incident reportedly told NBC that several of the other passengers might have survived the crash if they had been buckled up.

Montlick and Associates urges all drivers not only to fasten their seatbelts but to insist that all passengers also fasten their seatbelts.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that wearing a seatbelt cuts the risk of being injured in a motor vehicle collision in half.  The agency also has estimated that seatbelts saved the lives of 75,000 vehicle occupants during a recent four-year period.

If you or someone close to you has been injured or a loved one has died in an auto accident in Georgia, our Atlanta car crash attorneys at Montlick and Associates are committed to seeking fair compensation for victims.  Our Georgia personal injury lawyers are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.  No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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