I-79 Crash Kills Two Teens in WV: A Message for Friends

seatbelt pictureTwo Upshur County teenagers are dead following an early Saturday morning accident on Interstate 79 in Harrison County on March 30, 2013.

Emergency officials say the two teens were thrown out of the car when the driver lost control and hit a guard rail.  The accident happened at about 4:00 a.m.  The car flipped several times after hitting the guardrail.  Speed may have been a factor.

The girl was in critical condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital at one point over the weekend, but Harrison County authorities say she died from her injuries.

The accident happened at Mile Marker 128, between the South Fairmont and Saltwell Road exits, of I-79.

A Message for the Friends of these Teens:

Could these lives have been saved if they had used seatbelts?  Why did this happen and how could it have been prevented?  Do you realize that 78% of all people ejected from vehicles suffer fatal injuries (die)?  This could have been you.

Wearing a seatbelt is not only a good idea, but it is also the law.  On Thursday, March 28, 2013, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted to make failure to buckle up a primary offense (you can get pulled over just for this) and will owe a $25 fine if caught not wearing your seatbelt.  This bill is now moving through the senate.  Up until now, not wearing a seatbelt has been a secondary offense.  Supporters of this landmark decision highlight the facts that in WV alone, seatbelt use could result in 14 lives being saved, 146 serious injuries avoided, and over 32 million dollars in medical costs saved every year, not to mention averting the inestimable suffering of the accident victims, their family, and friends which is always the result of these crashes.

Think about it!  Your parents are right about seatbelts.  Buckle up — because we love you.

Submitted by the Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, West Virginia Injury Lawyers. Free books and downloads for WV accident victims — Call us today: 304-594-1800 for your free copy of Righting the Wrong: WV Serious Injury Guide; Collision Care: WV Auto Injury Guide; or Beside Still Waters: WV Fatal Injury Guide for Families. We are glad to answer your questions.

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One thought on “I-79 Crash Kills Two Teens in WV: A Message for Friends

  1. It’s just sad that in order for us to realize something, that tragic incidents like this needs to happen first. Tragic road accidents don’t need to occur first before we become aware of do’s and dont’s in the road. We all should be aware of the safety traffic rules and standards to avoid being involved in an unfortunate accident.

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