According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 14,955 lives were saved in 2017 as a result of wearing a seat belt. Of the 37,133 that were killed that year in a traffic accident, 47% of them were unrestrained. NHTSA estimates that 2,549 of those died could have been saved.
Airbags alone will not protect you. In fact, should airbags deploy, and the occupant is not wearing a seatbelt, they can suffer more severe injuries from the force of the bag. In a passenger car, buckling up in the front seat can reduce fatal injuries by 45% and moderate to critical injuries by 50%. Being ejected from a vehicle almost always results in death. Even if you’re not ejected from the vehicle, unrestrained occupants can injure other passengers if the force of impact is enough to fling them around in the vehicle.
Buckling up every time you get in a vehicle is one of the easiest ways to minimize your risk in a car accident yet almost 30 million people in this country fail to do it.
In the event you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call our office at 800-343-8537 and one of our attorneys will be able to advise you of your options and make sure you don’t miss any filing deadlines.
Always buckle up and be safe.