No Seat Belts Considered Contributing Factor in Fatal I-81 Crash

by Staff Blogger | July 5th, 2012

July 5, 2012

Studies have long shown that seat belt usage significantly increases the chances of survival while also decreasing the risk of injury in an accident by as much as 50 percent. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that seat belts save as many as 14,000 lives each year.

Unfortunately, a recent accident involving an unbelted 73-year-old woman from Carrollton, Virginia ended in tragedy. According to WDBJ 7 News, the woman was killed and her husband was left injured due to a Roanoke Car Accident. The crash happened on I-81 at around 1:20 p.m. this past Tuesday.

Reports indicate that the couple was traveling northbound on the highway, with two young children riding in the rear passenger seat when their SUV veered off the shoulder of the road. The driver jerked the wheel back toward the highway, causing the vehicle to roll several times before coming to rest.

The victim and her husband, neither of whom were wearing seat belts, were both ejected from the vehicle, which killed the woman and left her husband seriously injured. Troopers say it is highly likely the woman would have survived and her husband’s injuries would have been less severe had they been buckled in at the time of the crash.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm ask that all motorists buckle up when they get in a car and demand that their passengers do the same.