Driver buckling up his seat belt.

Driver buckling up his seat belt.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting ready to participate in the National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization. From May 20 to June 2, 2019, the NHTSA and other safety partners throughout the nation will be increasing awareness and enforcement of seat belt safety laws. According to the NHTSA, in 2017 alone, seat belts save an estimated 14,955 lives, and an additional 2,549 lives could have been saved if they had buckled up. Although most people know that seat belts save lives, there are still way too many passenger vehicle occupants who aren’t buckling up.

Do You Buckle Up?

This year’s mobilization message is “Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.” Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. No matter how far you’re going, you always need to buckle up. In addition to educational programs and raising awareness about the importance of buckling up, the NHTSA and state and local law enforcement agencies across the U.S. will be taking part in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

Seat Belts Stats

  • In 2017, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the U.S.
  • From 2013 to 2017, seat belts saved nearly 69,000 lives.
  • In 2017, the national seat belt use rate was 89.7 percent.
  • Among young adults ages 18 to 34 killed in crashes in 2017, more than half (57 percent) were unbuckled at the time of the crash.
  • Men wear their seat belts at a lower rate than women do.
  • In 2017, 51 percent of men killed in crashes were unrestrained, compared with 39 percent of women.

Our Accident Attorneys Can Help You!

After any type of car accident, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills and other expenses associated with your injuries. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one 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.

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