Tyler Perow, a 13-year-old boy from Danville, Virginia (VA), was sitting in a 1997 Isuzu Rodeo when, suddenly, the driver overcorrected and the vehicle flipped several times on Crane Road. Tyler wasn't wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle along with two others, according to the News & Advance. Sadly, Tyler passed away at the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
My deepest condolences go out to Tyler's friends and family. Losing someone you love is terrible, but it's especially tragic when someone so young is taken from us far too soon.
This accident highlights the importance of wearing your seat belt at all times while riding in a motor vehicle. Sadly, as an injury lawyer who regularly represents people hurt in car accidents, I've seen what can happen when you fail to wear a seat belt. If you're fortunate enough to survive a car wreck, the chances of suffering a severe injury such as the loss of a limb, broken bones, facial lacerations, etc. increase dramatically without a seat belt.
I know some people simply forget to throw that safety belt on when they hop into a vehicle, but you have to remain cognizant and remind yourself to put it on. It could mean the difference between life and death.
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