Buckle Up

Buckle Up to Save Your Giblets

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their holiday season safety campaign. This year, “Before You Hit the Road This Thanksgiving: Buckle Up America- Every Trip, Every Time.” is aimed at raising awareness for the dangers associated with not buckling up. It’s no secret that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Even if you’re not leaving town, you’ll likely be impacted by the additional drivers of the roadway. No matter how far you’re driving, make sure to buckle up. It could save your giblets!

Thanksgiving Crash Statistics

  • During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2013, there were 301 people killed in crashes across the nation.
  • 58 percent of those killed in crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend were not buckled up at the time of the crash.
  • Over the 2013 Thanksgiving weekend, 64 percent of people killed in crashes at night were unbuckled, compared with 48 percent during the day.
  • In 2013, nearly 8 out of 10 people who were ejected from vehicles in crashes were killed.
  • Only one percent of occupants wearing seat belts were ejected in crashes in 2013.

Buckle Up, For Every Trip

Using a seat belt is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. The NHTSA is encouraging drivers to buckle up no matter how short the trip is. Although we often feel comfortable on familiar routes that we drive everyday, it’s essential to buckle up anytime you get in the car. Don’t get complacent and comfortable. Buckle up, even if you’re just driving around the corner. Likewise, parents and caregivers need to ensure all children are properly restrained in age and size appropriate car seats or booster seats.

After a Car Accident in San Diego

Nobody wants to spend his or her holiday season in the hospital recovering from a car accident, but if you get injured in a crash over the holiday weekend, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney about your case. The holidays are a time to spend with family and loved ones. You shouldn’t have to worry about missed work and medical bills. This holiday season and all year long, make sure to buckle up.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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