Recent accident shows again that seatbelts reduce auto injuries

Cars are an integral part of everyday life. From taking the kids to school and driving to work, to going out to dinner and going on a family vacation, people spend a great deal of time in their cars. Because of this, most Washington residents do not expect that their daily errands will lead to auto injuries.

A recent mid-morning crash left one resident injured. The woman was riding as a passenger in an SUV. The driver apparently lost control of the car, and then the car ended up going off the road and rolling over.

The driver was apparently not injured in the crash; it was not clear if he turned down medical attention or if he had been evaluated. The woman, however, was reportedly not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected from the car at some point during the accident. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment. It was not immediately clear how serious her injuries were.

Authorities indicated that speed had contributed to the crash. It was unknown if they were considering any other factors as causes for the crash. No arrests had been made, but it is possible that authorities were still investigating to see if alcohol or drugs were also contributing factors. Any victims injured in auto injuries may have the right under Washington state law to seek financial compensation if the driver’s actions are proved to be negligent. Any restitution can help cover a victim’s medical bills and rehabilitation costs, in addition to lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: yakimaherald.com, One car accident sends passenger to hospital, No author, Dec. 21, 2013