What's Holding You Back in a Car Crash?

Across the country, an emphasis on seat belt usage in motor vehicles has taken on a whole new meaning over the last few decades. One could go back only about 30 years and find many popular vehicles didn’t even feature passenger safety belts. And now, in present day, nearly every state in the nation has some sort of mandatory seat belt law for individuals riding in motor vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are one of the leading causes of death among Americans. With an effectiveness rating between 45%-60% in motor vehicle accidents, seat belts are the number one most successful way to save lives during injury crashes. To date, an estimated 300,000 lives have been saved from catastrophic accidents in the U.S. since 1975.

Seat belts save lives because they keep motorists’ bodies from being thrown into a dashboard or through a windshield, or totally ejected from a car in the event of a car crash. They also help keep passengers from being thrown about in a car in the event of a rollover accident.

Will a Seat Belt Save Your Life in a Car Crash?
  • Females are more likely to wear safety belts than males.
  • Motorists are more likely to wear seat belts if there are other passengers in the car, as compared to driving alone.
  • One of the most common reasons that drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 choose not to wear a seat belt is that they are only traveling a short distance. (Note: on average, the majority of accidents happen within a few miles of home because individuals tend to most frequently drive within 25 miles of home on any given day.)
  • Ejection from a vehicle can be deadly! In 2008, 77% of people who were ejected during a car crash were killed.
  • Seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45%
  • There are two kinds of seat belt laws in the U.S: primary and secondary. Every state (except for New Hampshire) as well as the District of Columbia, has some sort of mandatory seat belt law for motorists.

At Lewis & Tompkins, we’d like to remind you about how important it is to always wear your seat belt in the car. Serious car accidents can happen at any moment, to any one. No one is immune to the possibility of a car crash. Make the smart choice to buckle up in one simple, effortless way to reduce the likelihood of sustained traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, and back injuries in the event of a crash. If you have any questions about car crash injuries or even those possibly related to seat belts, please call our office today. We may be able to help.

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