The preventable death of a 2-month old infant here in Orange County this week reminds us all that seat belts saves lives and in this case, a properly used infant car seat could have saved this baby’s life.
The Garcia family of Santa Ana was driving southbound on the I-5 freeway in Tustin when they drifted into the neighboring truck’s lane. California Highway Patrol reports that after hitting the truck’s left corner, Garcia lost control of the van then turned sharply onto the dirt embankment and overturned. The baby was thrown from the vehicle and was killed instantly.
Seat belts have long been required for infants and children. They are more likely to be injured because of the forces subjected to their small body during an accident. Smaller in size, a force that may shake a 210 pound man, may throw children and infants during a collision, even if the collision is not significant to the balance of the occupants. No one will suffer more than the Garcia family. We as a community, law enforcement and neighbors should always continue to stress safety for infants and children in an auto.
Garcia suffered moderate injuries and the four other passengers who were wearing their seatbelts suffered only minor injuries. The truck driver pulled over immediately but was unharmed during the incident.
Auto accidents happen when you least expect them and typically they happen close to your home as in this case. Orange County accident lawyers can handle local accidents better than anyone because of their expert local knowledge.