Five teenage girls , who were all believed to be under the influence of alcohol, have their seat belts to thank for their lives after they were involved in a rollover car accident around 3:15am on River Road in Puyallup.
The car the girls were in was being driven by a girl who had not yet turned 18. The vehicle went off an embankment but, thanks to the seat belts, the only serious injury was a broken arm.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested and she may be charged with Vehicular Assault. Vehicular Assault can be charged if a driver is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs ro driving recklessly and a person is seriously injured.
These girls were very lucky indeed. Rollover accidents account for about one third of all car accident fatalities. With approximately 280,000 rollover accidents every year and 10,000 deaths, to walk away from the accident without a catastrophic injury such as a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury, is an excellent outcome for these young people.
Seat Belts Save Lives
This accident is an excellent case in point that sea tbelt use saves lives. The residents of Washington state have gotten the message as we have one of the highest seatbelt compliance rates in the nation at 97.5 percent.
The Washington State Patrol partnering with other local law enforcement agencies take seat belt enforcement very seriously and consider the non-use of a seat belt a “primary offense” for which they will stop a motorist.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have been killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.
Source: King5.com: Five teen girls hurt in suspected DUI rollover crash in Puyallup