According to the latest statistics, most people wear their seatbelts most of the time. While this seems like good news on the surface, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) knows we can do better and knows that it will save lives. Keep reading to learn more about just how important seatbelts and about the steps NHTSA is taking to raise awareness. If you have been injured in an accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for your free legal consultation.
The Number of Lives Saved Each Year is Staggering
From the end of May until the first few days of June, the NHTAS worked on the National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization effort. They worked with other safety partners to show just how important seatbelts are. In fact, according to their statistics, there were nearly 15,000 lives saved by seat belts just in 2017.
They note that another 2,549 people could still be alive if they had been wearing their seat belts at the time of their fatal accidents. These statistics should be enough to get anyone to start buckling up every time they are in a vehicle.
Yes, You Should Buckle Your Seatbelt Every Time
The message the professionals want to get through to everyone is that they need to buckle their seatbelts every time they get into a vehicle. It is the most effective way to protect themselves in a car accident. While it may seem that you can skip buckling up if you are just going down the street, remember that this is the most likely time that you will be involved in a car accident – when you are just traveling a short distance. Not only is it the law that you buckle up, it is essential for your safety.
The Statistics on Seat Belts
In case you are not yet convinced, let us look closer at some of the latest seat belt stats. According to one study, there were more than 10,000 people killed in accidents in the United States in 2017 alone who were not wearing their seatbelts. From 2013 to 2017, more than 68,500 people’s lives were saved simply due to wearing their seatbelt.
According to national statistics, nearly 90% of people say they wear their seatbelt all of the time or most of the time. Men wear their seatbelts less frequently then women – about 51% of men who died in crashes in 2017 were not wearing their seat belt while only 39% of women who were killed in accidents were not wearing their seat belts. More than 56% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 who died in car accidents in 2017 were not wearing their seat belts.
As you can see, seat belts are important – they save lives. If you or a loved one has been in a serious car accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker now at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation.