Seat belt use in the United States has been on the rise in recent years, and this is very good news. However, the CDC states that millions of people who are riding or driving on the U.S. roads are not buckled up. Not only is this illegal, but it is also life threatening.
Seat belts have proven themselves to be the single most effective device for preventing injuries and deaths from car accidents. The CDC reported that wearing a seat belt increases your odds of surviving a serious crash by forty-five percent. Seat belts keep people inside of vehicles, which is crucial to their survival. People who wear seat belts are ejected from vehicles in less than one percent of car accidents. When a person is ejected from a vehicle, there is a seventy-five percent chance that they will either be killed instantly or if they survive the impact, that they will later die as a result of their injuries. Seat belts also reduce the severity of injuries that result from car accidents, resulting in medical bills that total about half of those which are incurred by people who fail to wear them.
Children are at an even greater risk of harm from car accidents than unbuckled adults are when they are not restrained by a car seat or seat belt, which is appropriate for their size. If your child is required to be in a child safety seat, it is essential that you know that simply choosing the correct child safety seat is not enough. You must also have the car seat installed properly in order for it to be effective.
Most state laws require every person in every vehicle to wear their seat belt every time they drive or ride in a car. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, your seat belt may have saved your life. However, since you are injured, you may be facing a long and painful recovery as well as a stack of medical bills.
If you or a loved one were harmed in an automobile accident, it is crucial that you speak with one of our personal injury attorneys right away. Call Parker Waichman LLP at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) for your free case review.
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