Disregarding the use of seat belts is a major factor contributing to fatal vehicle accidents, even after the Alabama State Legislature passed a bill requiring utilization of seat belts while driving in an attempt to curb the growth of these occurrences in our state and the potential for injury or death , says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .
A study released by the Alabama Department of Transportation reports 59 percent of people who died in traffic accidents last year were not wearing seat-belts. Statistics show 424 victims were in vehicles where seat belts were available; however 251 were not wearing them. While the report does not list why seat belts were not being worn, police indicate the most frequent reply to the question is:
“Many people say seat belts are uncomfortable and that they’re a nuisance to wear. ”
However newer vehicles have adjustable seat belts, and when it comes to saving your life, there’s no excuse for not wearing one, according to police agencies throughout the state. State law requires children between six and 15 to wear seat belts, with those younger than 6 years of age mandated to ride in a federally approved child seat.
Parma man killed in car crash in Alabama
Flowers and personal notes have been left outside of the off-campus house of Joseph “”JJ” Marino who died in a car accident in Alabama over the weekend.
Joseph J. Marino, 23, of Parma, was killed in an accident Saturday on I-65 in Autauga County, Alabama.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety reported that Marino was a passenger in a 2001 Ford Escape that collided with a 2002 Freightliner truck. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over, according to the police. The victim is senior accounting major Joseph “JJ” Marino, a student at Kent State University, was taken to Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery where he died from his injuries.
The driver of the car, Nader Hassen, 22, and the three other passengers besides Marino, were wearing seat belts. All were Kent State University students and were transported to a hospital for treatment of their injuries, but released later
Two Ohio State University students killed
Courtney Miller, 21, of Niles, and Brittney Gallagher, 21, of Willoughby — were killed March 16 in the Florida Panhandle after their car collided with a pickup truck. They, and two other OSU students were returning from a spring-break trip to Panama City Beach.
Alabama Father, Daughters Killed in Car Accident
OAK GROVE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Police say an Alabama father and his two daughters are dead after a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 24 near the Kentucky-Tennessee line. Michael Mahan of Flat Rock, Ala., was driving a Toyota Camry west on I-24 when it crossed the median into the eastbound lanes and struck a U-Haul.