Failure to wear a seat belt contributes to more fatalities than any other traffic safety-related behavior. A study done in 2010 showed that 63% of people killed in car accidents were not wearing seat belts.
The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that seat belts save 15,000 lives each year. No amount of safe driving practices, air bags and crash safety ratings can ensure this same level of safety for vehicle occupants.
When a vehicle is involved in a car accident, the car will stop at the point of impact. However, the people inside the car continue to move forward. If there is nothing there to stop the body from flying forward the consequences often include:
- Burns, cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Damage to internal organs
- Concussion or whiplash
- Traumatic brain or spinal cord injury
In many cases, death is another common danger of failing to buckle up. There is no question that wearing a seat belt is the single-most effective way to avoid these traumatic, expensive and life-altering consequences.
Unfortunately, even the most cautious and safe drivers can be made victims as the result of a reckless driver. If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident caused by another negligent driver, don’t hesitate to get help immediately.
By filing a injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover damages to pay for medical bills, lost wages and emotional suffering. To learn more about this process, speak with a auto accident attorney today.
For a free legal consultation, call (855) 529-0269