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Understanding the Importance of Wearing a Seatbelt


On the morning of March 27, 2013, 53-year-old Gwendolyn Hopson was traveling west on Highway 364 in St. Charles County, when she hit a patch of ice on the road. The slickness of the pavement caused her to lose control of her vehicle. As a result, the vehicle slid off the left of the road and flipped over. Hopson was not wearing a seat belt, and was ejected 30 feet from her vehicle. Paramedics were called to the site of the accident and announced that she was dead on the scene due to the severity of her head injuries. This was the second accident on Highway 364 in two days due to icy road conditions. For this reason, the Columbia personal injury lawyer at Sumner Law Group, LLC encourages you to put safety first the next time you get behind the wheel.

Had the victim been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, it is possible that she could have survived the impact. Although there is no way to know for sure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that "the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes" is to wear a seat belt. In fact, they believe that the use of seat belts can reduce accident-related injuries and fatalities by as much as 50%. As such, there is no reason why you should put yourself at unnecessary risk by failing to buckle up. If you or someone you love has already suffered a serious injury in a motor vehicle accident, however, the Sumner Law Group, LLC welcomes the opportunity to review your case. It won't cost you a thing to find out if we can help – your initial consultation is free.

Call our office at (866) 734-7829 or submit a complimentary case evaluation form online to get started.