Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S. Most crash-related deaths in the United States occur to drivers and passengers. Poor Armani Green of Rancho Mirage didn’t make it to 1; she was ejected from the Porsche her father was driving when he lost control and crashed through a curve barrier and down the embankment, as she was not properly secured. There is now a warrant out for her 23 year-old mother’s arrest for murder and felony willful child cruelty. Her father, 52 year-old Marcus Green, was arrested for murder and other charges days after the crash. He is being held on $1.86 million bail.
For adults and older children who are big enough for a proper fit, seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. For infants and young children, securing them in restrained seats and carriers is the best defense for safety in a car collision. Yet millions do not buckle up on every trip. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014, the latest statistics available. More than half (range: 53%-59%) of teens (13-19 years) and adults aged 20-44 years who died in crashes in 2014 were unrestrained at the time of the crash. More than 2.3 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014, and young adult drivers and passengers (18-24) have the highest crash-related non-fatal injury rates of all adults.
The cost of non-fatal crash injuries is high: in 2013, non-fatal crash injuries to drivers and passengers resulted in more than $45 billion in lifetime medical and work loss costs. For Armani Green, the cost was even higher. The irresponsibility of her parents not properly restraining her cost her life.