January 5, 2012
A lack of seat belts and speeding is to blame for a single-vehicle car crash that led to the deaths of three young people from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to NBC-10 Philadelphia News, the accident occurred Wednesday night, just before 8:00 PM, on Franklin Mills Circle, a stretch of residential, single-lane road in northeast Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Police Department Chief Inspector Scott Small stated that it appeared the 1995 Pontiac Grand Am involved in the crash was traveling at a high rate of speed (between 70-75 MPH) when it struck a curb and flipped. Rescuers who responded to the scene stated that the driver and front passenger, both males, ages 18 and 25-years-old, were not wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and were thrown from the vehicle. Both were declared dead at the scene of the crash. A young woman in the backseat who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident also was killed instantly.
Investigators are still working to determine what caused the driver to hit the curb and if drug or alcohol use was involved.
The Pennsylvania auto accident attorneys with Lundy Law know that seat belts save an estimated 150,000 lives per year. That is why they ask you to buckle up before even starting the car, and make sure everyone else in the vehicle does the same. Making this a habit will not only keep you and your loved ones safe, but could also keep you from getting a hefty fine.