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Are your passengers safe?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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The Victoria Day long weekend feels like a distant memory for most of us. However, the same can’t be said for the people who are recovering in hospital after being thrown from a pickup truck in an accident late on Saturday night.

So what happened?

The accident involved eight passengers in their teens and early twenties who were thrown from the box of a Dodge pickup truck after the driver lost control and hit a curb at 192nd Street and 34th Avenue in South Surrey.

The truck flipped. And the passengers in its box were hurled onto the road.

Amazingly no one was seriously hurt.

Quite frankly, it’s a miracle that no one lost their lives.

The RCMP say that alcohol was a contributing factor to the accident.

But I’d say a healthy dose of stupidity is at fault here too.

I mean what was the driving of the pickup thinking?

Why did he permit people to ride in the box of his pickup truck?

You see, it’s been proven time and time again that seat belts are one of the best ways to prevent a person from getting injured or even killed in a car crash.

seat belts are there to do a job i.e. to stop you from being flung from a vehicle when it’s involved in a collision.

Think about it this way.

If you’re in a crash would you rather be strapped in?

Or a human cannonball?

I know which one I’d choose.

Now, you might say that the Surrey accident is just an example of kids being kids. Yah, another reason why BC’s graduated licencing laws are a good idea.

But here’s the thing. It’s not just kids that fail to buckle up.

I’ve seen businessmen, grandparents, soccer moms and yes, even pregnant women riding in a vehicle without their seat belts on

As a driver it’s your responsibility to ensure that you and everyone in your vehicle is safe. That means checking to make sure they’re buckled up before you step on the gas.

It doesn’t matter how much they complain that they’re ‘uncomfortable’ or that seat belts ‘aren’t cool’.  seat belts are there for a reason.

Questions about seat belt safety?

Want to talk about how the question of how seat belt usage might figure into your ICBC injury claim?

Call me at 604-255-9018 or e-mail me at [email protected]

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers

Category: Truck Accidents

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