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Gainesville-Woman-Ejected-From-Car-on-Interstate-ImageThe simplest and surest way to avoid getting hurt or killed in a Florida auto accident is to buckle up.

Wearing a safety belt – either a shoulder harness or lap belt or both – keeps you from being thrown from the vehicle in the event of a crash.

The consequences of not wearing a safety belt show up in the headlines every day.

An example occurred May 23 in Columbia County, when a woman not wearing a seat belt was ejected from a car on Interstate 75 and struck by another vehicle, according to Gainesville Magazine.

The 26-year-old Gainesville woman was a passenger in a 1997 Toyota Camry headed north on the interstate. For some reason, the Camry crossed into the median and struck a guardrail, then it spun back onto the highway. The woman was thrown from the car onto the roadway, where she was run over by a 2012 Mazda. She was trapped under the Mazda until emergency responders arrived. They had to raise the car to rescue her.

The victim was not wearing a seat belt, the Florida Highway Patrol said in the article.

Who To Sue in a Florida Car Crash?

Passengers in cars have little or no control over their own safety beyond strapping themselves in. They are dependent upon the driver and others on the road.

When a passenger is injured in a Florida car wreck, there may be a number of different parties who can be named as defendants in a personal injury lawsuit:

  • The driver of the car the passenger was in.
  • The driver of another vehicle.
  • The employer of any driver involved in the accident.
  • The manufacturer of the vehicle.
  • The government entity responsible for maintaining the safety of the road.

A Florida auto injury lawyer can provide more details if you have been in an accident.