What’s the big deal about wearing a seat belt?
The US Department of Transportation reports that 90% of drivers use their seat belt when driving. Do you? If you don’t already use your seat belt you should start wearing a seat belt immediately. It could save your life!
It is estimated that since 1975 over 374,000 lives have been saved by the use of seat belts, almost 15,000 in 2017 alone.
Studies show seat belts are beneficial.
Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death among people aged between 1 and 54. When wearing a seat belt your chances of getting a moderate to critical injury are reduced by 50%. Seat belts also reduce the risk of fatal injuries to front seat passengers by 45%.
Teens have the lowest rate of seat belt usage of any age group. Parents should actively encourage their teenage children to wear seat belts. Studies have shown that the teenage children of parents who set rules for wearing seatbelts are twice as likely to use them.
Furthermore, there are special laws about the use of seat belts in personal injury cases.
If you are injured in a car accident while not wearing a seatbelt it can limit the amount of your award. Even worse, if it can be shown that you would not have been injured at all if you had been wearing one, you could receive no compensation at all for your pain and suffering.
Wearing a seat belt can do more than save your life.
Wearing a seat belt can help if you are involved in a car accident personal injury case. Seat belt issues are very important to a personal injury case. Our law firm knows the laws about seatbelts. We know how to use those laws to make sure you get the best compensation for your case.
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