A 3-year-old girl was killed in a car accident; her father was driving. According to WSPA, charges against the father are pending.
The driver was heading east on Biltmore Avenue when he was involved in an accident at the intersection of Hilliard and Grove Street. Police officers are saying that dad's vehicle was speeding at the time of accident. The vehicle slammed into an embankment, went flying into the air and landed in the parking lot of the City of Asheville's Public Works. Upon landing, the vehicle slammed into two parked cars and two of the building's employees. Dad and his daughter were taken to Mission Hospital, where the young passenger was later pronounced dead.
"It was raining, but I would say the speed was the main factor," said Highway Patrol Trooper Gene Williamson. "He (Hutchison) was going way too fast for the curve."
Our Asheville injury lawyers understand that speeding is extremely dangerous and is one of the top factors in fatal accidents across the nation. When you pair this factor with inclement weather, you've got a recipe for disaster. It's important for drivers to understand their capabilities in these two scenarios. It's important for drivers to slow it down and to alter their driving habits in poor weather.
It's also important to make sure that your young passengers are properly buckled in regardless of the weather and your rate of speed. Children are some of our most vulnerable travelers and rely on parents, guardians and other adults to make sure that they're safe in the car.
As a matter of fact, car accidents continue to be the number one cause of death for Americans between the ages of 3 and 14. It's a proven fact that child car seats can help to reduce the risks of child death in the event of an accident by more than 70 percent. Unfortunately, about three fourths of all children who sit in a car seat are sitting in one that has not been installed properly.
According to the Parents Central, parents should choose a car seat that fits their child's needs. You want to make sure you choose the right one and that it's used every time. Children under the age of 1 should be kept in a rear-facing car seat. When a child outgrows this seat, they should be moved to a forward-facing car seat. Don't advance them based on age, but advance them based on their height and weight. Check manufacturer's manual for more information on a seat's recommendations.
When a child outgrows their forward-facing seat, you may advance them to a booster seat. It's still important to keep them seated in the back seat during this stage. Only when they've grown big enough to fit an adult seat should they be moved to an adult seat belt.
It's all about timing. Make sure your child fits the safety harness they're using and make sure you're using it!