Man Killed In Single Vehicle Accident After Being Ejected In Fulton County
On February 13, 2016, a 32-year-old driver was ejected from his vehicle and died on impact as he attempted to flee from police in Fulton County, according to authorities.
The Kennesaw native attempted to evade police after being targeted for speeding on the highway. A chase ensued in which the driving police officer performed a maneuver to stop the vehicle. The driver, however, lost control of his vehicle and it proceeded to topple over. The driver was not wearing a seat belt which contributed to his being ejected from his vehicle, according to the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collison Reconstruction Team.
Georgia Drivers Ejected in Auto Collisions
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts  (NHTSA) provides that in 2012, there were an estimated 9,754,000 vehicles involved in police-reported traffic crashes, 96 percent (9,387,000) of which were passenger vehicles. There were 45,586 vehicles involved in fatal crashes, of which 78 percent (35,346) were passenger vehicles. In 2012, there were 21,667 passenger vehicle occupants who lost their lives in traffic crashes, and an estimated 2.09 million were injured.
The NHTSA 2012 Traffic Safety Facts also provides that in 2012 fatal crashes, 79 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from vehicles were killed. Ejection from the vehicle is one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in an accident. In passenger cars, 18 percent of fatally injured occupants were ejected (totally or partially) from the vehicle, while 34 percent of those killed in light trucks were ejected. The report further states that seat belts are effective in preventing total ejections. Lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent. For light-truck occupants, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent and moderate-to-critical injury by 65 percent. In 2012 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 lives of passenger vehicle occupants.
Georgia Safety Belt Rules
Section 40-8-76.1 of the Georgia Statute provides:
“Each occupant of the front seat of a passenger vehicle shall, while such passenger vehicle is being operated on a public road, street, or highway of this state, be restrained by a seat safety belt approved under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208.”
Further, section 40-8-76 provides that all children under the age of eight are required to be properly restrained in an appropriate child passenger safety seat or booster seat.
Alpharetta Automobile Accident Lawyers
It is important for all drivers and passengers to use safety belts in order to remain safe, to reduce the risk of injury or death in a vehicle accident and to fully comply with the terms of the Georgia Safety Belt Law. Even if you are wearing a safety belt, however, you may be involved in a vehicle accident and sustain injuries which can be serious and even causing permanent disabilities. If that occurs to yourself or someone you know, it is important to speak to an Alpharetta automobile accident lawyer to discuss the specifics of your case.