A pickup truck was involved in an accident on Monday afternoon on U.S. 52 North in Winston-Salem. The accident involved a tractor-trailer.
According to the Winston-Salem Police Department, a semi-truck was merging onto U.S. 52 from Rams Drive when a Ford F-150 hit the semi.
The F-150 was carrying two children and four adults. The children, unfortunately, were not wearing seatbelts. When the accident occurred, the two children, ages two and four, were ejected from pickup truck.
They sustained serious injuries but are expected to live. Both of the children and the four other individuals in the F-150 were all transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment.
The driver of the F-150 carrying the children was charged in the accident. The driver was Joel Leonides and he had no driver’s license, he attempted an unsafe lane change and he failed to secure the children in car seats or seatbelts.
Car Seats for Children Are Essential
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a car seat safety resource center for parents concerned about choosing the right car seats.
Car seats save lives and children should be restrained in them until they are big enough physically to safely use a seat belt. If the seat belt fits on the child’s thighs, then parents are encouraged to continue to use a booster seat.
One never knows when an accident will happen. It is vital that parents restrain vulnerable children in a child-car seat or a booster seat with a harness as long as possible. Thousands of serious injuries are avoided each year, when parents use the proper restraints.
Hire an Attorney Today
If you or someone in your family has been injured, do not hesitate to contact an attorney. Our experienced auto accident attorneys can help you and your family identify the best course of action.