Most of us are aware that wearing a seatbelt is the law, but fewer of us are complying with this law and actually buckling up every time we travel in a vehicle. If you are among those who may not have made buckling up a habit, the seatbelt facts presented below may just change your mind.
The Facts about Seatbelt Use
1 – More than 12,500 lives were saved in 2013 as a result of seatbelt use.
As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports, in 2013 (the most recent year for which complete data is currently available), at least 12,584 lives were saved due to travelers’ use of seatbelts.
For children under the age of 5, use of the proper safety restraints (i.e., the appropriate child safety seats) saved at least 263 lives.
2 – Close to half of the people killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2013 were NOT wearing their seatbelts.
In fact, about 49 percent of vehicle occupants killed in fatal traffic accidents in 2013 were reportedly unrestrained at the time of the accident. This fact about seatbelt use (or non-use as it goes) reveals how the failure to buckle up can increase the risks of sustaining severe head injuries and being thrown from vehicles in the event of a collision – substantially increasing the risk of fatality.
3 – Seatbelt use can reduce the risk of death and/or injury by about 45 percent.
In line with the above fact about seatbelts, this fact underscores just how effective buckling up can be at protecting people in vehicles should a collision occur. In fact, wearing a seatbelt is the single simplest and simultaneously most effective safety precaution people can take when getting in a vehicle (as a driver or passenger).
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