1/2/13: In the first hour of 2013, traffic homicide investigators were called to two major crashes that took three lives and sent four others to area hospitals. The first crash occurred at 12:28 a.m. on Atlantic Boulevard at Girvin Road, just before the Hodges intersection. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says two people died in a crash when a station wagon pulled in front of an SUV. Police said the SUV rolled several times after the impact, killing a man and woman inside. The driver of the station wagon was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with minor injuries. In the second accident, which occurred 30 minutes later, a 20-year-old Central Florida woman is dead and three others seriously injured following a single vehicle crash just after midnight New Year’s Day near the intersection of Beach and Kernan boulevards. A 2003 silver Dodge Ram ran off the road and struck a large overhead sign post, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. No one in the Dodge Ram were wearing seat belts, according the report.
Read more at Jacksonville.com:1 killed; 3 seriously injured in New Years crash
Auto Accidents & The Importance of Seat Belts
In the event of an automobile accident, statistics show you are much more likely to be killed if you are not wearing a seat belt and shoulder harness. Florida law states that all passengers in a vehicle must wear seat belts. Below are some details about Florida seat belt laws which everyone operating or riding in a motor vehicle should be aware of.
Florida Seat Belt Stats and Laws:
The most important job as a parent is to keep your children safe. Knowing the legal requirements when driving with your children in the car or allowing them to ride in someone else’s vehicle is just the first step. There are ways to go above and beyond that to ensure your child’s safety.
Florida laws on seatbelts and safety seats as pertaining specifically to infants and children
Infants should ride rear-facing in a back seat until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer. At a minimum, children should ride rear-facing until they have reached at least 1 year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds. When children reach the highest weight or length allowed by the manufacturer of their infant-only seat, they should continue to ride rear-facing in a convertible seat.
If you or a loved one is injured in an auto accident, call Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. today for your free consultation