On October 4, the 31-year-old mother was driving her 2007 Nissan Passenger on U.S. Highway 64 when she ran off the right shoulder of the roadway and lost control. Her vehicle swerved back on the roadway, crossed the center line, and struck a tractor-trailer. Both the tractor-trailer and the Nissan came to a stop after going off the shoulder.
The woman had three children passengers in the car, ages 10, 6, and 4. She has been charged with careless and reckless driving, driving with a canceled driver’s license and a child restraint violation.
Unfortunately, the 4-year-old passenger in the woman’s vehicle did not survive the crash. Details on other injuries are yet to be determined.
Studies conducted by the National Highway and Safety Administration from 2010 reveal that 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. Out of this amount, approximately 17,000 of these people were children that were harmed.
Children are often times harmed in serious accidents due to a multitude of reasons: (1) they are small and cannot take the immediate brunt force of the injury; (2) they parents have not secured them properly in their safety seats, or let a child who is to young sit in the front seat of the vehicle at of injury, (3) the child is small and harmed by the airbag pressure exploded in the small child’s face or chest.
If you are a parent then you need to make sure that your child is safely secured in their seats at all times. Depending on the height, weight, and age of the child, the state of South Carolina has set forth the following mandatory law: any children ages 0 through 5 years, and 80+ pounds, or any child 5 years and younger if the child’s knees bend over the seat edge when sitting up straight with their back firmly against the seat back MUST sit in the back seat of the vehicle.
Furthermore, if the child is 5 years or younger, it is MANDATORY that they are restrained in a car seat in the back of the vehicle.
If the parent is caught with a child not meeting the aforementioned requirements, then they may be fined 150.00.
When driving around commercial trucks and large vehicles, be especially aware of what is around you and be sure that you are visible at all times to drivers of these large trucks. If you have a child with you, such as the aforementioned case
If you or a family member is involved in a serious accident, you need a competent attorney who knows how to get on a successful path to recovery. Call the Reeves, Aiken, Hightower and Burns call us toll-free at 877-374-5999 toll-free.