Two Louisiana children were killed in separate car accidents only hours apart from one another. Both died after being thrown from their car. Neither child was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. This raises the question as to whether buckling up could have prevented these tragedies.
The first accident occurred after the driver made an improper left turn and veered off of the road. The car flipped, and the child was ejected and killed. There were several other people in the vehicle at the time of the crash. All of these passengers were treated with varying levels of injuries, but they are all expected to recover safely. Drunk driving may have been a factor, but the toxicology testing is still underway.
The second accident happened near the Acadia Parish when the driver overcorrected after trying to avoid an accident. The driver, who was also not wearing a seatbelt, fortunately remained in the vehicle during the collision. He was hospitalized with injuries.
Police are still investigating both accidents for any additional evidence of negligence or wrongdoing.
Could Seatbelts Have Prevent these Fatal Accidents?
More than half of all people involved in traffic fatalities are not wearing their seatbelts. Experts identify buckling up as the single greatest step that a passenger can take to prevent a fatal crash. For children who are still too small for standard seatbelts, parents should secure their children in a well-fitted car seat in the back of the vehicle.
Seatbelts and car seats keep the passenger in place and prevents them being thrown from the vehicle. This can keep passengers from colliding dangerously with the windshield or objects outside of the vehicle. It is difficult to know for sure, but it’s very likely that had these children remained in the car during the crash, their injuries would not have been fatal. These deaths serve as a tragic reminder to always buckle up, no matter how short the drive.