There was a two car accident at the intersection of Buck Island Road and Highway 278 yesterday.  A white Honda was driving west on 278 and white Toyota was turning left into Belfair.  Both cars appeared to be trying to beat the red light.  Charges are pending.  Both cars were totaled and stopped traffic for about an hour.  A five year old girl, who was riding in the front passenger seat of the Honda, was airlifted to Savannah Memorial University Hospital after being pried from the car with the Jaws of Life.  Others involved in the accident, including an eight year old child, were taken to the hospital as well.  Seatbelts were worn by all involved, but it was unclear if proper child restraints were used.

There are so many lessons to be taken from this one accident.  First, never try to “beat” the red light.  We all have important things to do and places to be.  Obeying traffic signals saves lives!  So when you see a yellow light slow down, do not speed up.

Second, ALWAYS wear your seatbelt.  According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention wearing a seatbelt can reduce being seriously injured or even killed in an automobile accident by fifty percent.

Finally, make sure your child is properly restrained.  According to the CDC, child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants, and by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years.  All children younger than 13 years should ride in the back seat. Airbags have been proven deadly to young children.  Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat or in front of an air bag.  Try to place your child in the middle of the back seat when possible, because it is the safest spot in the vehicle.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please call the Kerr Law Firm at 1-800-350-2990 or locally at 1-843-785-3330.  We would be honored to assist you with your case.  You may also email us at info@kerrlf.com.