On May 2, 2016, a driver of a vehicle and two child passengers died as a result of a head-on collision on State Road 203 near Lexington, Indiana in Scott County. The collision occurred as a northbound vehicle crossed into the lane of an oncoming pickup truck when approaching a curve on State Road 203. In addition to the 3 fatal injuries sustained by passengers in the vehicle that crossed into oncoming traffic, three other victims sustained life-threatening injuries, while the driver of the pickup truck and passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries. Each of the surviving children in the collision were taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, for emergency treatment. The children who died as a result of the collision were 8 and 10 years old, and investigators at the scene observed that neither children who were in the front seat of the northbound vehicle were wearing seat belts, in addition to a back seat passenger who was in unsecured car seat who fortunately only suffered minor cuts and bruises.
Although using a seat belt to drive even short distances, may seem like an inconvenience to many, when traveling with child passengers, it’s not only important that each child is properly secured; it’s the law. In Indiana, all children under the age of 16 must be properly restrained either by using a seat belt or appropriate child restraint system, and with a growing number of improperly installed or misused child safety seats nationally, such laws have become increasingly more crucial in preventing unnecessary injuries. To find out how to properly restrain a child passenger, please see the link to the Indiana State Police website below, and if you are seriously injured please contact our experienced legal team by visiting us on the web at IndyInjured.com or by calling 888-578-3100.