The use of seatbelts and safety restraints to protect people while driving on Bozeman’s roads is an action that some can easily take for granted and forget to do. Many may believe that their own safe driving skills are enough to protect them from accidents. They then may allow that belief to justify not taking the extra time to ensure that themselves and their passengers are secured before driving. Sadly, it often takes a crash and one sustaining serious injuries to discover the folly in such thinking.
It is always tragic when someone is seriously hurt in a car accident, yet it may be even more so when the victim is a young child. A one-year old ended up being seriously injured after being ejected from a vehicle in an accident near Logan. The infant was riding in a car seat that was unrestrained. So too was the three-year old who also riding in the vehicle, as well as the driver. Fortunately, both of them only sustained minor injuries. Authorities believe the driver overcorrected, which caused the vehicle to roll multiple times. The relationship between the driver and the children was unreported. The infant was flown to a hospital in Utah for treatment.
While some may argue that passengers must ensure their own safety when riding in vehicles, one cannot assume to hold children to such a standard. Drivers who fail to safely secure children in the appropriate safety restraints for the kids’ respective age groups may certainly open themselves up to accusations of negligence (regardless of what their relationship may be with the kids). Those looking to hold drivers liable for such inaction may wish to seek the services of an attorney to initiate a claim.
Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle “Baby ejected in single-car crash near Logan” June 28, 2017