Two-Year-Old Thrown from Vehicle

This mother is lucky her child wasn’t killed. Hopefully she has learned a lesson. A two-year-old was thrown from an SUV today in a single-vehicle wreck in St. Johns County.

It’s not known if the 24-year-old driver is the 2-year-old’s mother, but they have the same last name. The driver, of Elkton, Florida, was driving near Cowpen Branch Road down Florida 207. Riding in the vehicle was a 5-year-old and the 2-year-old who was not properly restrained in her child seat.

Just before 9:15 a.m., the driver started to drift onto the shoulder of the road. She overcorrected and as is typical with SUVs, any sudden turn of the wheel can send the vehicle out of control. Often they roll. In this case, the SUV slid into a ditch and overturned. The 2-year-old was ejected from the vehicle during the SUV rollover accident in Jacksonville, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The 2-year-old was the only one who suffered injuries and not surprisingly, she was the only one who was not properly restrained, according to law enforcement. She was taken to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, but her injuries are not reported to be life-threatening, the FHP said.

Florida law says you must have all children restrained in the proper seat for their age. The 2-year-old needed to be positioned in the back seat, in a five-point harness with the car seat securely held by the seat belts. An older child, approximately ages 5 through 7 can usually be transitioned to a booster seat, depending on their size. A shoulder belt should be used on a child when it actually hits their shoulder and not their neck. Children should never be allowed to put a shoulder strap under their arm.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles can help you find a staff member who can help check your child seat and show you how to install it properly as well as answer questions about child restraints. You may even qualify for a low-cost child seat or booster seat. Just check their Web site at http://www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/CPS/ for the location nearest you.

Injuries sustained after a rollover accident can be some of the most serious that an auto accident can impose. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to a negligent driver, the skilled Florida rollover accident lawyers may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve and need to help pay medical bills and other expenses associated with your injuries. Call Farah and Farah today for a free consultation.

Source article: http://www.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2009-09-11/story/2_year_old_girl_thrown_from_vehicle_in_st_johns_county_wreck

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