Car accidents are the leading cause of fatalities for people from the age of 5 to 34, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention suggests that millions of Americans choose to not protect themselves from injury by not wearing seat belts. Car accidents are unfortunately common, and many statistics indicate that seat belt use is the single most effective step people can take to reduce their risk of being injured or killed in a car accident. If you have suffered an injury which was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to bring a legal action against the responsible party or parties. You may be able to recover compensation for any medical bills, lost wages, loss of quality of life, or property damage you may have suffered. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today.
Seat belt use can significantly improve risk of serious injury in a car accident. As a result, many states have passed legislation requiring drivers and passengers to wear seat belts. Along with these laws, aggressive public health initiatives have resulted in a steady increase in seat belt use over the past 3 decades. Unfortunately, seat belt use has not yet reached 100 percent. Many factors affect seat belt use, including:
- Age – people 18 to 34 are 10 percent less like than older adults
- Sex – Men are 10 percent less likely to wear seat belts than women
- People who live in rural areas an 10 percent less likely to wear seat belts
The CDC estimates that if all states enacted primary seat belt laws, 12,000 injures would have been prevented in 2009. In addition, 450 lives would have been saved. According to the CDC, 19 states did not have primary seat belt laws in 2010.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you have been injured in an accident that you believe may have been the result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. After being involved in a car accident, you should be sure to undergo a complete medical evaluation from a physician, both to diagnose any injuries you may have suffered and also to properly document them. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Fayette County personal injury lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.