A recent two-vehicle crash in Missouri involved four occupants altogether. One was the driver of a semi-truck, one was the driver of an SUV and the other two, a 9-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, were passengers of the SUV. Two of the four wore proper restraints within their respective vehicles and survived the crash. The other two wore no restraints and died of their injuries.
Early Tuesday morning found the two vehicles on Highway 36, traveling west. A law enforcement report indicates that the SUV struck the towed unit of the semi when the larger vehicle had stopped for a stoplight. The force of the collision reportedly caused the SUV to overturn, rolling over onto its top before coming to rest. Meanwhile, the driver of the semi was able to make a controlled stop. The semi-truck driver, a 59-year-old man from California, was wearing a seatbelt at the time and sustained no injury.
The collision partially ejected the driver of the SUV, a 29-year-old woman from Kansas City, from her vehicle. Neither she nor her 9-year-old passenger was reportedly wearing a seatbelt at the time, and both died at the scene. The only other survivor of the crash was a 3-year-old girl who was riding in the SUV while restrained by a safety device. She required transportation to the hospital for minor injuries.
Safety restraints such as seatbelts improve the chances for survival in a motor vehicle accident. However, they are not infallible. It may be worthwhile for family members of those lost in a fatal accident to consult an attorney.