The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently raising awareness about the importance of buckling up for every trip, every time. The 2018 National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization will run from May 21st to June 3rd. During this time, public safety and law enforcement agencies across the nation will be stepping up their enforcement efforts to ensure motorists are buckling up. There will also be a variety of educational outreach programs. This year, officials with the NHTSA are asking motorists to Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.
Seat Belt Usage Facts
- In 2016, there were 10,428 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the U.S.
- In 2016, seat belts saves an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants aged five and older.
- From 2012 to 2016, seat belts saved nearly 67,000 lives.
- If all passenger vehicle occupants ages five and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, an additional 2,456 lives could have been saved in 2016 alone.
Seat Belts Reduce The Risk of Fatal Injury
According to the NHTSA, wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 45 percent. Buckling up your seat belts is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a car accident. Additionally, you still have to buckle up if you have air bags. Air bags are designed to work with seat belts. Also, always make sure children are in age and size appropriate car seats or booster seats.
Car Accident Lawyer in California
Although seat belts save lives and greatly mitigate the damage of potential injuries, car accidents can still be devastating, catastrophic and even fatal for passenger occupants. After any kind of car accident involving a dangerous, distracted, impaired or reckless driver, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a dangerous or distracted driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.