The Picayune Item has recently reported two very similar accidents, causing many to consider the importance of seat belts. It only takes seconds to click a seatbelt, but the decision to do so can mean the difference between life and death.
The media outlet reported the first accident on March 23, 2012. This collision occurred the previous Tuesday on March 20, 2012. A 51-year-old man, James McNay, Jr., was killed and his passenger, April Parker, was severely injured when McNay's car flipped while the two were traveling along Dummy Line Road. Parker was taken to Gulfport Memorial Hospital. McNay was driving a Ford Ranger. The coroner's report noted that the truck ran off the right side of the road. Then, after trying to right the vehicle, McNay overcorrected and the truck went off the left side of the road and then flipped over. McNay was not wearing a seat belt and he was partially ejected from the car.
Just two weeks later on April 3, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Sheffield ran his car off the road. Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Roy Jacobsen responded to the scene. Sheffield was driving down U.S. Highway 11. It was raining and the road was slick at the time of the crash. Investigators are still unable to determine what made Sheffield's car, a 1998 Mercury Mystique, run off the road. When the vehicle ran off the road, the car spun in a counterclockwise position and then it hit a tree. Sheffield, like McNay, was partially ejected from the vehicle. Also like McNay, Sheffield was not wearing a seatbelt.
While it is not certain, it is likely that both of these deaths could have been prevented if the drivers were wearing seatbelts. At one point in time, seatbelts were optional. Now, however, it is required by law that every person inside of a motor vehicle while it is moving wear a seatbelt because it has been proven that seatbelts save lives. In addition to saving lives, wearing a seatbelt means that if the car accident was the fault of another driver, there is less ammunition to claim contributory negligence and thereby diminish potential recovery.
Not every accident can be avoided, but there are some practical steps that drivers can take to minimize personal injury during an auto accident. One of the simplest ways is to always wear a seatbelt. If you need assistance with a personal injury matter, please call the personal injury lawyers at Kobs & Philley, PLLC at (601) 856-7800.
Source: "Picayune man killed in car accident on Dummy Line Road," published at PicayuneItem.com.