Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Occupants not Wearing Seatbelts in Palmdale Accident that Killed Two, Injured Three Others

Seatbelts have been proven to lessen the number of fatalities in accidents. In fact, a lot of victims of car accidents have attributed their survival to their seatbelts.

Needless to say, the neglect of using these safety devices can have serious consequences like what happened in a recent accident.

According to reports, a pick-up broadsided an out-of-control Mercedes in Palmdale which resulted to two deaths and injuries of three other occupants. No one among the vehicle occupants was wearing their seatbelts when the accident happened.

The northbound Mercedes was reportedly speeding along the northbound lanes of Sierra Highway when its driver, a 35-year-old man from Palmdale, lost control and veered to the opposite lanes where it was hit by a southbound pick-up.

The impact of the collision killed the Mercedes driver and his 26-year-old female passenger. A 4-year-old girl who was said to be at the backseat was thrown off the vehicle. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.

Both occupants of the pickup, on the other hand, were not as lucky as Lancaster man Miguel Lugo, 38, and a Palmdale woman identified as 26-year-old Erika Espitia were hospitalized with serious injuries.

Though it was raining in the area when the accident occurred, authorities have ruled out weather as a factor in the crash.

Though speeding and the driver’s negligence is believed to be the main cause of the accident, the fatalities and serious injuries could have been avoided if only those involved where wearing their seatbelts.

To prevent fatal vehicle accidents like this, drivers must make sure that his passengers are wearing their seatbelts before driving away.

A simple precaution like this can save lives and minimize the seriousness of injuries that can be incurred in accidents like this.