Individuals lose their lives every day simply because they failed to make use of a seat belt. In fact, it is estimated that one person dies every hour in America as a result of this failure. Don’t make this mistake. Be sure to buckle up in case you’re in an accident. Neglecting to wear a seat belt is actually the number one cause of fatalities in traffic accidents, more than any other driving behavior that is related to safety. Keep this in mind and never start a car until every person in the vehicle has buckled up.
Reduce Injuries and Fatalities
A seat belt in the easiest and more effective way to prevent traffic fatalities and reduce the risk of injury to a person involved in a car accident. According to some estimates, 10,000 lives are saved every year in this country thanks to seat belts. Sadly, many people still fail to use the safety belt, and if only 90 percent would do so, the number of deaths that would be attributed to traffic accidents would decrease by 5,000. Furthermore, more than 100,000 injuries would be avoided.
How Seat Belts Accomplish This Goal
A seat belt restrains the user when he or she is in an accident. When the car suddenly stops as a result of the accident, the person does not stop moving. Unfortunately, he or she can hit the dash, the seat in front of them, or fly through the windshield. This is true even at low speeds. Furthermore, the safety belt ensures the person isn’t thrown from the vehicle—a cause of some traffic fatalities. One major benefit of wearing a seat belt that many are unaware of is doing so protects the internal organs. If an accident occurs, the hip and shoulder bones take most of the impact to protect the organs.
Wearing a seat belt is crucial. Although much has been done to encourage and promote the use of these devices, there are still individuals who refuse to put them on. It’s time to take action. Never ride in a car with a driver who refuses to buckle up, and remain parked until everyone in the car has their seat belt on. Doing so will save lives.