Recently, a woman died in a car crash in Burrell Township, Indiana County in Pennsylvania, reports The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
According to the article, the woman was a front seat passenger in a minivan that was traveling on Route 22. Around 2 p.m., for unknown reasons, the van crossed the roadway’s median and then went down a steep embankment, rolling until it came to a stop at the bottom of the ravine. The woman, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene of the Pennsylvania car crash. The driver of the van, a male, is listed in critical condition at a local hospital. He also was not wearing a safety restraint.
The couple’s two children were also occupants in the van but were uninjured in the rollover accident. They were in child safety seats.
According to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average for seat belt use in the U.S. is at an all-time high at 85 percent. However, about one in seven adults report they do not wear a safety restraint during every trip. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in the U.S. among those aged five to 34-years-old, but using seat belts has greatly reduced injuries and fatalities, reports the CDC. Using a seat belt reduces the risk of a fatal injury by approximately 45 percent. Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the CDC says that if all states had stringent seat belt enforcement laws, in 2009, close to 450 lives would have been saved and 12,000 injuries prevented.
In Pennsylvania, seat belt use is required for those aged eight through 17-years-old in all seats in a motor vehicle, and those aged eighteen and older in the front seat are required to wear a restraint. The fine is $10 for the first offense of the state seat belt law.
At Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP our Pennsylvania rollover accident lawyers have successfully aided those injured in rollover crashes throughout the state obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To learn how we can help you today, call 1-888-684-7192.