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The Importance of Wearing a Seatbelt

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Author

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Date

Aug. 4, 2015

Category

Car Accident Law

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injuries among millions of Americans every year. 2.2 million Americans were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in a motor vehicle accident in 2014. Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to save lives and reduce the amount of injuries involved in crashes, but many people still do not wear a seatbelt on their daily commutes.

Our country faces an abundance of crash-related injuries and deaths. Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens and young adults ages 18-24. In America, 55% of teens who died in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Adults ageb18-34 are less likely to wear a seatbelt than adults age 35 and older. Adults living in rural areas are 10% less likely to wear their seatbelts compared to adults who live in urban areas, and men are 10% less likely to wear their seatbelt than women.

You can take many steps in the right direction toward preventing and reducing the risk of serious injuries to drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents. One of the major changes that could reduce the amount of drivers who do not wear a seatbelt would be to enforce seatbelts laws as primary instead of secondary. Applying the primary seatbelt law to everyone in the car, not just those sitting in the front, would be another way to increase seatbelt awareness.

Effective actions that adults can execute tTo encourage good safety driving habits, adults can use a seatbelt on every trip no matter how short to set a good example; require everyone in the vehicle to wear their seatbelt, including the back seat passengers; and remind everyone that is about to get in a vehicle to wear their seatbelts.

Automobile accidents already can bevery dangerous, let alone if you aren’t wearing a seatbelt. Wearing a seatbelt at all times can be the difference between life and death when involved in an accident. Making these good safety tips a priority in your everyday life could be the difference in saving someone else’s.

At the Florida-based David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A., our personal injury firm represents drivers who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or hazardous driving activity. If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one, contact Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer David Fuchs to discuss how best to handle your case.