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Toddler Spared in Car Wreck Despite Not Being Properly Restrained

Yesterday a passerby witnessed a horrific crash in Colorado where the car blew a tire and rolled over. Four children and their parents were not restrained and were ejected from the vehicle. Sadly, the father died in the wreck. After calling 911, the witness snapped the above photo of a police officer distracting a toddler, who miraculously was spared from serious injuries, despite not being correctly restrained in a child’s car seat. As a personal injury lawyer, not to mention father, I find her parents failing to put her in her car seat shocking.  Sadly, this story ended tragically, but of course it is wonderful that this little girl is lucky to be alive and uninjured. 

Almost All Cars Make Fastening Seat Belts Difficult; New Rating System for Ease-of-Use of Restraint Seat Hardware

All states require that children be restrained in a child’s car seat appropriate to their age and size. Yet, a new study shows that some vehicles’ hardware makes this difficult, putting countless children at risk during accidents. 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just launched an ease-of-use rating system of vehicular latches for child restraint seats. What the agency found is astounding. Only three out of 100 cars had child restraint hardware that was considered easy to use. More than half of all cars had hardware rated as poor or marginal. How can we allow this to happen?

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Why Don’t People Wear Their Seat Belts?

A 60-year-old woman is in serious condition after flying halfway through the windshield during an accident outside of Houston. The accident occurred around 11 p.m on Saturday. A woman driving a gray pickup truck was turning left on a busy highway in Baytown, despite a flashing yellow light, and turned in front of an older model pickup truck being driven by a 45 year-old man. The pickups collided head-one and one of the trucks to roll into a ditch. The passenger of that vehicle was not wearing her seat belt and flew through the window. 

Today I spoke to a woman whose son had pulled off the road to text but when he drove back on to the highway, he hit a Jeep, causing its unbelted driver to be ejected. The man was unfortunately killed in north Forth Worth last weekend.

Yesterday, after a hard fought mediation, I was happy to finally hand a large settlement check to my seat belted client who had been seriously injured in this near fatal crash on north of Fort Worth. My client’s car shown to the left drove into an 18 wheeler trailer at 65 miles an hour when it suddenly pulled across the road in front of her, then stopped, The truck company initially denied liability. Two years later, my poor client is still injured and has to pick out shards of glass from her face and body, so I can only imagine the trauma that the Baytown woman will go through.

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