Shocking Image Leaves Many Calling For More Seat Belt and Child’s Safety Seat Use

by | June 19th, 2014

Sometimes a car accident just can’t be prevented. The best way for drivers to protect themselves and their passengers is to buckle up a seat belt or put children in a car safety seat. While law requires wearing a seat belt, some people fail to adhere to the regulation. In fact, as many as 15 percent of motorists in the state do not wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a vehicle. The rate for unrestrained children is even higher.

Such a case was highlighted recently when Cleveland News published an article with a picture showing a young child hanging out of the window of a moving vehicle that was traveling along a busy Ohio street. The picture came as quite a shock to most who saw it, considering Ohio state law requires any child under the age of 8-years-old to be restrained in a child safety seat anytime they are riding in a moving vehicle.

So what is being done to get more people to buckle up? One state representative is pushing a bill through the legislature that calls for stiffer penalties against drivers who fail to restrain children in their vehicles. Under HB 480, drivers could face criminal prosecution if an unrestrained child is injured in an Ohio Car Accident.

At the law firm of Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, we have seen first hand the devastating results an auto accident can have if those involved aren’t buckled up. That’s why our team of Cleveland personal injury lawyers encourage motorists to always buckle up—and/or use a car safety seat if children are in the vehicle—each and every time they drive.