Two Florence women killed in rollover crash

The issue over how far does the responsibility of drivers in Jasper extend in guaranteeing the safety of their passengers is one that is often hotly debated. When children are involved, there may be less room from discussion, as adults typically assume that they are responsible to ensure that kids are buckled in securely. The matter may be much more complicated with dealing with adult passengers. It may go without saying that a driver has a duty to drive responsibly, yet should he or she also be held accountable if the adult passengers in his or her vehicle are not wearing their seat belts? 

The wisdom in wearing seat belts is apparent. One need only look at the results of a recent car crash in Virginia to see it. Two women from Florence were killed after they were ejected from the vehicle they were traveling in. Their SUV was struck by another car that had lost control, causing both to the hit the guardrail on the side of the road. One of the women was ejected as soon as the vehicle hit the guardrail; the other was thrown after the vehicle over turned. Both were not belted in, and both were pronounced dead at the scene. 

The law has assigned the responsibility of ensuring that everyone in a vehicle is wearing a seatbelt to its driver. This is true even when his or her passengers are adults. Should an accident happen and a passenger sustain injuries due to not wearing a seat belt, he or she (or his or her family) may have little choice to seek compensation for the driver's failure to fulfill his or her duty. Those looking to initiate such action may wish to first consult with an attorney.  

Source: WSLS 10 "Police identify victims in deadly Interstate 81 crash" Williamson, Jeff, Apr. 26, 2018

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