New evidence released by police conclude that the 52-year-old victim of a crash on Blue Diamond Road at Decatur Boulevard was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. Lance Horton, 52, of Henderson, was driving a 2006 Kia Sedona on Blue Diamond when he hit a tractor trailer that was stopped at a traffic light. He was killed instantly.
Seat Belt Use Saves Lives
While seat belts are sometimes forgotten, especially by those who are convinced that their air bags will prevent injury, they are still the foremost line of defense that prevents fatalities in car accidents. According to the National Organization for Youth Safety, 64 percent of all passenger vehicle occupants who died in car crashes were not using restraints. The highest fatality rates for those not wearing seat belts were ages 13 to 15 and 21 to 34.
When used, lap and shoulder belts can reduce the risk of fatality by 45 percent for front-seat occupants and can also reduce the risk of moderate or severe injury by 50 percent. However, the most important factor in preventing fatalities is often preventing ejection from the vehicle. About three-fourths of all ejected victims died in crashes, and seat belts can drastically reduce the number of ejections.
What If I Am At Fault In An Accident?
Many people believe that if they are at fault in an accident that they cannot collect any type of damages. First of all, it is dangerous to assume that you were at fault in an accident without speaking to a personal injury attorney. If you are injured, it may be that someone else is responsible, even if you believe or were told you were at fault. Many victims have been led to believe that they were responsible for accidents when further investigation showed that they were actually not at fault. Therefore, never admit fault in an accident. Instead, talk to an attorney who can arrange to see the accident report and, if necessary, engage an independent investigator to show the facts of the case.
Further, even if you are partially at fault in a crash, you may still be able to recover damages. Comparative liability is a doctrine that allows you to collect a percentage of the total damages for an accident even if you were somewhat at fault. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas for more information.