A single-vehicle accident occurred on Sunday, November 14th near Beeville, Texas. The driver veered her car off the road, causing the vehicle to flip multiple times. One woman is dead, and the other four passengers have been taken to the hospital.
The Single-Vehicle Accident
On Sunday, November 14th, a woman and three passengers were driving east on US 59 when the driver veered her car off to the right side of the road and lost control. The vehicle overturned multiple times.
All five passengers were not wearing their seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle during the crash.
The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is still ongoing to find out why she suddenly veered her vehicle off the road.
The front passenger of the vehicle was transported by HALO flight to a local hospital. An 11-year-old male was taken to a nearby Children’s hospital and the other two female passengers were taken to a separate hospital.
DPS troopers are still conducting their investigation.
The Importance of Seat belts
Seat belt safety is preached everywhere you go. It’s on billboards, road signs, commercials, and magazines. Some cars have a safety mechanism built in that emits a constant beep until your seat belt is fastened. The reason why seat belts are so important is clear: seat belts save lives.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 14,955 lives were saved in 2017 by seat belt use in passenger vehicles. However in 2020, only 90.3% of Americans were actually using their seat belts, meaning one in ten are putting themselves at serious risk. Those who choose not to wear a seat belt are statistically much more likely to be killed in a crash compared to those who wear restraints.
To put it into perspective, here some statistics showing just how important seat belts truly are:
- In 2019, 22,215 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in car crashes. Roughly of those people were not wearing seat belts.
- Although seat belts saved 14,955 lives in 2017, they could have potentially saved 2,549 more lives if seat belt use was at 100%.
- If you choose to buckle up in the front seat of a passenger vehicle, you reduce your risk of fatal injury by 45%.
- If you wear a seat belt in a light truck, you reduce your risk of fatal injury by 60%.
Wearing your seat belt while driving or riding in a car can mean the difference between a minor injury and death. All it takes is a simple pull and click. Buckling up can keep you alive in the event of a crash. The next time you hop into your car, make it a point to wear your seat belt. If you have loved ones riding with you, ensure that they are also buckling up.
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