The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently raising awareness about the importance of buckling up for every trip, every time. It’s not just about avoiding a ticket. Their slogan, “The Life Saved Could be Yours” is all about calling attention to the most effective way motorists and passenger vehicle occupants can protect themselves in the event of a car accident. With more and more automobile safety technology innovations hitting the market, it’s difficult to get excited about the low-tech old standby, the seat belt. The fact remains that the seat belt is the single most effective piece of safety technology in automobiles today.
Safety Belt Statistics
- In 2015, seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 lives.
- An additional 2,804 additional lives could have been saved if everybody had buckled up.
- Although seat belt usage is up to a historic high (90 percent), there are still millions of people across the nation who fail to buckle up for every trip.
- Between 1960 and 2012, seat belts saved more lives, (329,715), than all other vehicle technologies combined, including airbags.
Air Bags Alone Aren’t Enough
Many people think that if they have air bags, they’re going to be protected in the event of a crash. Unfortunately, air bags are only effective when they’re used with seat belts. There’s not much an air bag can do for you if your body becomes a projectile and you’re ejected from the vehicle. The NHTSA is reminding motorists that seat belts are their first line of defense. The life saved could be yours.
Click It or Ticket
The NHTSA is also calling attention to the economic costs of not buckling up. The Click It or Ticket campaign reminds motorists that there are fines and penalties associated with not buckling up. The best way to protect yourself and to avoid unnecessary and expensive traffic tickets is to buckle up for every trip, every time.
If you have been injured in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.