Seat belts and car seats saved lives in rollover crash near Olympia



While driving on State Route 510 near Mullen Road on Thursday morning, a 2004 Ford minivan hit a patch of ice and rolled down a 20-foot embankment.

In the van was 37-year-old driver and mother of four children, all under the age of seven, who were also in the vehicle during the time of crash. Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident because they were either buckled up, or in a car or booster seat.

This accident is the proof that seat belts and properly buckled safety seats can save lives.

Child Passenger Restraint Laws
  • Whenever a child who is less than sixteen years of age is being transported in a motor vehicle that is in operation and that is to be equipped with a safety belt system.
  • A child must be restrained in a child restraint system, if the passenger seating position equipped with a safety belt system allows sufficient space for installation, until the child is eight years old, unless the child is four feet nine inches or taller.
  • The child restraint system must comply with standards of the United States department of transportation and must be secured in the vehicle in accordance with instructions of the vehicle manufacturer and the child restraint system manufacturer.
  • A child who is eight years of age or older or four feet nine inches or taller shall be properly restrained with the motor vehicle's safety belt properly adjusted and fastened around the child's body or an appropriately fitting child restraint system.
  • The driver of a vehicle transporting a child who is under thirteen years old shall transport the child in the back seat positions in the vehicle where it is practical to do so.
  • For more information see RCW 46.61.687.

Seattle Car Accident Attorneys
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1 Comments
Great post! Thanks for sharing. We don't know when will accident such as this hit us and it's better to be prepared than sorry. Once again before driving, do the safety measures to save lives.
by Cindy Gatlin April 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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