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Actor Robert Carradine, best known for his role as Lewis Skolnick in “Revenge of the Nerds,” and his wife survived a head on collision with a semi truck recently. The accident reminds drivers of the importance of the little things, like speed limits and safety belts.
The King of the Nerds producer was traveling on Highway 145 near Dolores, Colorado when he crossed the center line and hit a tractor trailer head on. Robert Carradine was traveling 60 miles per hour. He hit his brakes and skidded 31 feet before colliding with the truck. His 2003 Mercury Marauder was totaled and he was taken to the hospital with incapacitating, but not life threatening injuries. His wife, Edith Carradine, was not seriously injured.
Officers on the scene said there were no alcohol or drugs involved. The crash was caused by Robert Carradine driving out of his lane. He was charged with careless driving.
According to Colorado State Police Sgt. James Saunders, the couple’s lives were saved because of their seat belts:
“In crashes with this magnitude of damage, seatbelts save lives. It takes two seconds to put your seatbelt on. It’s always worth it.”
Using a seat belt reduces injuries and deaths in serious automobile accidents like Robert Carradine’s by up to half. Even so, men living in rural areas are the most likely to go without this important safety precaution.
Here in Michigan, seat belts are the law. Children ages 8-15 must wear a seat belt any time they are in the car. Adults must be buckled up any time they are in a front seat. Children under age 8 must use a booster seat until they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall.
Robert Carradine was charged with careless driving because he was traveling 60 miles per hour and crossed the center line, which caused the accident. Speed affects a driver’s ability to react to avoid accidents, increasing the risk of a crash by nearly 2 percent for each mile per hour. It also makes the accidents that do happen more dangerous. Motorists are 20 times more likely to die at 50 mph than at 20 mph.
That’s why it is so important to follow speed limits, including suggested speeds around corners and in tight spaces. These limits are based on the time drivers need to react to a problem ahead. Speeding increases the risk that you will be in a car crash and that it will be more severe.
David Christensen is an auto accident attorney for Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He and his team help the victims of car crashes to collect their insurance benefits and put them on the path to recovery. If you or someone you know has been in a serious auto accident, contact Christensen Law for a free consultation today.
Image Source: Robert Carradine holding a producer credit for The 1 Second Film at the Mill Valley Film Festival courtesy of the1secondfilm.com.