Seat Belt Accident Facts from Accident Attorneys You Can Trust
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their “Seat Belts Save Lives” campaign. Even though seat belt usage is at an all-time high on U.S. roadways (90 percent), American drivers and passengers still aren’t buckling up for every trip, every time. According to the NHTSA, more than 27 million Americans still aren’t taking the most basic, simple and lifesaving step of buckling up. The NHTSA is on a mission to reach 100 percent for seat belt compliance on U.S. roadways. Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of an accident.
Adults Who Don’t Buckle Up
Believe it or not, there are still adults who aren’t buckling up their seat belts. If you’re riding or driving in the front seat of a car or truck, you can cut your risk of a fatal injury nearly in half, just by buckling up. According to the NHTSA, seat belts saved nearly 15,000 lives, and another 2,500 lives could have been saved if everyone had been buckled up. Although you may not think it could ever happen to you, car accidents are extremely common.
What About Tweens and Teens?
262 children between the ages of 8 and 12 were killed in crashes in 2016. Nearly half of those children were not buckled up at the time of the wreck. NHTSA data shows that when kids get older, they’re less likely to buckle up. Because the tween and teen years are all about pushing limits, parents and caregivers are reminded to hold fast to the buckling up rule. This is one lifesaving lesson you can’t give up on. Their “Don’t give up until they buckle up” campaign is all about reminding parents to stand strong in their commitment to buckling up and getting their tweens and teens to buckle up.
Buckle Up For Every Trip
No matter how far you’re going or what kind of vehicle you’re in, you should always buckle up. It doesn’t matter if you’re going across town or across the country, buckle up for every trip, every time.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along with the Central Coast or in the Bay area, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.