A tragic accident that happened in Columbus County, North Carolina is a reminder for everyone to “Buckle Up.”
On November 10, 2012 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Jesus Mondragon, 34, was driving his SUV. He had four passengers with him at the time, when he reportedly ran a stop sign at the intersection of NC 131 and Silver Spoon Road. According to news reports, he hit another vehicle being driven by Hannah Worley, 20. None of the six people involved in this crash were reported to be wearing seat belts.
Two young children in the back of Mondragon’s SUV were ejected during the collision and killed. They were Samantha Mondragon, 11, and Ashley Mondragon, 2. Investigators said that they believe their lives would have been saved if they had been properly restrained. North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. John M. Lewis determined that speed was not a factor. He said that the Mondragon SUV was traveling at about 55 miles per hour when it ran the stop sign and hit the other vehicle on NC 131 that had the right of way.
Sgt. Lewis went on to say that, “It’s the parent’s responsibility or their guardian or that person operating the vehicle to make sure that everyone is restrained. For children to be as innocent as they are, most just don’t know better. If they don’t practice it themselves, then these are the outcomes.” In this case, the impact of this collision and the reportedly forgotten seat belts will be with this family forever.
Statistics reveal that over half of the car crash fatalities involved people who were unrestrained. Without a doubt, wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to survive a serious accident and usage is increasing across the country. Enforcement laws have resulted in increased usage of seat belts. Most states, including North Carolina, have what are called primary enforcement seat belt laws. Primary enforcement laws allow an officer to pull you over and give you a ticket for not being belted or for having unbelted passengers. Secondary enforcement states only allow officers to issue a citation for a seat belt violation if you have been pulled over for some other reason.
Statistics don’t lie! Don’t be in too much of a hurry or simply forget to make sure you and all of your passengers are securely belted. Having your seat belts on can protect you and your loved ones from needless injuries or death. Remember, the chances of survival after being ejected from a vehicle are slim.
If you or someone you know have suffered injuries of lost a loved one in a tragic car crash, you need to seek the advice of an experienced car accident attorney in North Carolina.
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Sisters killed in crash not wearing seat belts, WWAY TV3 News, November 12, 2012
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