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Seat Belt Use at All Time High

Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. No matter how careful we are while driving, we cannot control the actions of other drivers and accidents are bound to happen. When traffic accidents occur, the injuries can be very serious, especially if drivers or occupants are not wearing seat belts. Seat belts have been shown by study after study to reduce the severity of the injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents, yet some people still choose not to take advantage of these simple safety devices readily available in almost all vehicles. If you have been involved in a car accident and sustained an injury, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced car accident attorney. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you determine whether you have a claim and who the liable parties may be.

According to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of death for people between the ages of 5 and 34 in the United States. Seat belts are effective, reducing serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half. The good news is that seat belt use is increasing, and has increased from around 11 percent in 1981 to almost 85 percent in 2010. Some additional statistics that highlight the effectiveness of seat belt use include:

  • Most fatalities in crashes occur to unrestrained drivers and passengers
  • For drivers and people riding in the front seat, seat belt use reduces the risk of a fatality by 45 percent, and also cuts the risk of serious injury by half
  • Seat belts prevent being ejected from a vehicle in the event of a crash, which is significant source of injury. More than three quarters of people ejected from a vehicle suffer injuries that are fatal.
  • If all passengers and drivers had worn seat belts in 2009, almost 4,000 more people would be alive today.

Contact a Coweta County car accident attorney for a free consultation

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the party or parties who are responsible for you injuries. You may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, or pain and suffering, among others. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Coweta County car accident attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia