The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about this year’s historic level of seat belt use in the U.S. According to the NHTSA, data taken from a large-scale observational study found that daytime seat belt use reached 90.1 percent. This is up from last year’s 88.5 percent. The data from this study is from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), and it’s the only survey that provides nationwide probability-based data on seat belt use across the nation.  Other forms of restraint and issues are also studied by NOPUS like child safety seats, motorcycle helmets and electronic device usage.

Seat Belt Safety Facts

  • In 2015, seat belts saved nearly 14,000 lives.
  • Seat belts have saved an estimated 345,000 lives since 1975.
  • Between 2015 and 2016, seat belt use for occupants in rural areas increased from 86.8 percent to 89.5 Percent.
  • Seat belt use for occupants in vans and SUVs also increased significantly, from 90.3 percent in 2015 to 92.3 percent in 2016.
  • Seat belt use continues to be higher in states that have primary seat belt laws like California, where vehicle occupants can be pulled over solely for not buckling up.

Protecting Yourself in a Car Accident

Buckling up is the single most effective action you can take to protect yourself in the event of a crash. It only takes a few seconds, and it can save your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a safe driver or if you’ve never been in a car accident before. With distracted and impaired drivers on the road, you need to take every step possible to protect yourself in the event of a crash.

Click It or Ticket

During the holiday season, law enforcement agencies in California and across the nation are cracking down on traffic safety violators. In California, that means they’re on the lookout for drivers and passengers who aren’t buckled up. In addition to increasing your personal safety, buckling up can keep you from getting slapped with a costly ticket this season.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, 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 today.

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