Man fastening his seat belt.

NHTSA’s Seat Belt Safety Guidelines

When it comes to buckling up, fit matters. Make sure the lap belt and shoulder belt are secured across the pelvis and rib cage. Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck, and adjust the lap belt across your hips, below your stomach. You may be able to adjust the height of the shoulder strap, so check your vehicle’s options.

Always make sure infants, toddlers and small children are buckled into age and size-appropriate car seats too. Small children who aren’t big enough for adult seat belts yet may still need to be in booster seats.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently released their Traffic Safety Facts report on Seat Belt Use in 2018. According to the NHTSA, in 2018, seat belt use was at 89.6 percent across the nation. Additionally, seat belt use has shown an increasing trend since 2000. This has been accompanied by a steady decline in the percentage of unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities during the daytime. Furthermore, seat belt use continued to be higher in “primary law states,” which are states where occupants can be pulled over solely for not wearing seat belts.

Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.

The NHTSA’s “Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.” campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of buckling up, whether you’re driving across town or across the country. Buckling up your seat belt is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. Buckling up can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent. Always buckle up, and set a good example for tweens and new drivers.

Seat Belts Save Lives

  • In 2016, seat belts saved an estimated 14,688 lives of occupants ages five years and older.
  • In 2015, seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 lives in the U.S.
  • From 2011 to 2015, seat belts saved nearly 64,000 lives.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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