St. Augustine police are looking into a crash that occurred early Sunday, September 26, around 2:30 a.m. Channel 4 reports that an SUV was traveling westbound on State Road 206,when the driver lost control and the vehicle crashed into the woods, ejecting two people out of the SUV near U.S. 1. The two vehicle occupants have not been identified but both were taken to Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville. Both are reported to be in critical condition.
Seat Belt Use
Although it is unclear from this report, generally speaking, when someone is thrown from a vehicle, it is because they were not wearing their seat belt. Florida’s new seat belt law went into effect June 8, 2009, making it mandatory for all motorists to buckle up. It was named after Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti, two young women who were killed in separate traffic accidents when they were not wearing seat belts.
Florida joined 28 other states that require seat belt use making it a primary law.
Federal estimates were that the seat belt law should save about 125 lives a year and prevent more than 1,700 serious injuries.
Our condolences go out to the family members of the people injured in this crash. Florida auto accident injury attorneys would like to remind all motorists to buckle up when driving on Florida’s roads.