Deaths Due to Not Wearing Seat Belt
Vehicles are getting safer and safer every day. Therefore, you know the vehicles that you find on the lots of new car dealers will have much more safety features than cars and trucks of just a few years ago. However, one safety feature has remained constant—the seatbelt.
It’s with good reason that seat belts are still pretty much the same as they have always been. Despite technologies like traction control or accident avoidance systems or how many airbags a vehicle has, seat belts are still the main safety feature that saves lives in auto crashes. Essentially, they keep occupants as safe as possible in both minor and major accidents.
Consider this: according to the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of U.S. citizens from 1 to 54 years old, and that seat belts saved about 13,000 lives in 2009 alone. Additionally, 2012 data from the CDC shows that 2.2 million people visited an Emergency Room due to injuries from a vehicle crash. When it comes to seatbelts, the CDC advises that seatbelts are the most effective safety device for saving lives and reducing injuries in automobile accidents. By using a seatbelt, accident-related injuries and deaths by nearly half. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) seconds that notion, maintaining that airbags are not sufficient protection by themselves in a crash. According to NHTSA data, airbags offered only about a 7 percent reduction in injury, while the combination of seat belts and airbags offered a 60 percent reduction.
In short, seat belts are the front line of safety and protection while riding in a vehicle. All smart new car dealers will advise you to buckle up and stay safe. Insist that all occupants use a seat belt, every drive!
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