Lack of Seat Belts and Texting While Driving Contribute to Death of Father and SonPublished: Apr 04, 2013 in Car Accidents, Wrongful Death
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 car accident attorney Keith T. Belt.
Alabama state troopers say a Troy man and his 14-year-old son have died in a traffic accident.
The father, 34-year-old Timothy H. Green, was driving in Pike County when his Chevrolet Silverado ran off the road, hit a tree and overturned. The Pike County coroner pronounced Green and his 14-year-old son, Timothy dead at the scene. The other three passengers were taken to Troy Regional Medical Center for the treatment of injuries. None of the occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts when the crash occurred adding to the injuries incurred in the crash.
State troopers say the investigation into the accident is ongoing, but they say the use of an electronic device and speed were factors in the crash.
It remains a mystery why drivers continue to not only disregard utilizing seat belts while speeding during conditions of heavy rain, slick roads and further compound the danger by using their cell phone to text message with a vehicle load of passengers. Drivers need to become serious when it comes to endangering their lives and those of others. Not disregard three state laws – Speeding, Texting, Buckling Up – plus ignoring adverse road and weather conditions.
When the Alabama legislature passed the law Banning Texting while driving last May, Governor Robert Bentley stated it was designed to draw attention to the dangers of driving a vehicle while using your cell phone to text.
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