Five Reasons Seat Belts Save Lives and Money

Buckle Up

Next time you get in your vehicle and consider forgoing the seat belt, think again. Your automobile accident attorney will thank you. Many states have mandatory seat belt laws in place to ensure the safety of all drivers and passengers. Wearing a seat belt not only may save your life, it may also save you money. Consider this:

  • Staying Alive. Studies done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that using a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent in a truck or SUV and 45 percent in a car. Most people who die in car crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
  • Good role model. Parents want their children to be safe while traveling in a vehicle. When Mom or Dad don’t buckle up, kids notice. Be a good role model for your children by wearing a seat belt every time you get in the car.
  • Piece of Mind. Drivers who buckle up can relax while traveling, knowing the risk of injury is greatly reduced in the event of an accident.
  • Saves money. Law enforcement agencies in states that actively enforce seat belt laws will pull drivers over for not wearing a seat belt, resulting in costly tickets. Automobile accident attorneys always advise drivers to save money simply by buckling up.
  • Stops Movement in a Crash: Wearing your seat belt stops your body from being thrown around in a car crash. This decreases your chances of getting severely injured and keeps you safely within the car.

The National Highway Traffic Administration reminds travelers to buckle up even if your vehicle is equipped with air bags. Air bags are designed to work in conjunction with seat belts and can actually cause more damage when a driver or passenger is not wearing a seat belt. When used alone, air bags are only 12 percent effective at reducing highway deaths. Most vehicles are equipped with front air bags, which will only be effective during a frontal crash.

Today, advancements in technology are available to reduce accidents. This new technology would reduce driver distractions by minimizing time glancing away from the road. Drivers would be able to change music, answer calls, access a navigation device or send emails without taking their hands off the wheel or glancing away from the road.

This technology has the promise of reducing the number of accidents caused by distracted driving while allowing drivers to access the web and talk on the phone without risking the lives of others.

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