NHTSA’s Report on Seat Belt Use in 2013

It’s no secret that wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to stay safe and stay alive in the event of a car crash, but some people still aren’t buckling up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently released a report on the results of a seat belt usage study. The findings of this study report that seat belt use in 2013 reached 87 percent. In 2012, seat belt use was at 86 percent. The report calls the new results ‘statistically unchanged’ from 2012. Although there is very little change in seat belt use from 2012 to 2013, seat belt usage has been steadily increasing since 1995. Data for this report was collected from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS).

Significant Findings or 2013

• Seat belt use during heavy traffic increased from 89 percent in 2012 to 90 percent in 2013.
• Occupants in the Northeast increased their seat belt use from 80 percent in 2012 to 84 percent in 2013.
• Seat belt use was significantly higher in states where not wearing a seatbelt can get you pulled over (primary seat belt law states).

Seat Belt Use in California

Thankfully, California is a primary seat belt law state. Whether you’re just going around the corner or taking a long trip up the coast, always buckle up. Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for people ages five to 34. Young adults, especially have the highest crash-related injury rates of all adults. Buckling up is the easiest way to mitigate or lessen the potential for injuries and death in a car crash. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports seat belt usage reduces serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent.

After A Car Accident

After any kind of car accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Unfortunately, even victims who wear seat belts can still suffer from devastating and fatal injuries. Victims of car accidents are often facing expensive medical bills, lengthy recovery periods and lost wages from missed work. If you or a loved one has been injured due to somebody else’s careless, negligent, impaired or distracted behavior, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc. at 1-877-231-9977 for a free consultation today.

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