Being involved in a car accident can cause serious injuries that could result in hospitalization, long-term medical care, loss of income, disfigurement, and may even be fatal. Over the past few decades, there has been a public policy initiative to educate people regarding the importance of seat belt use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans in the first three decades of life. In a report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,808 people were killed in car accidents, and another 2.2 million people were injured in 2009 alone. Over 50 percent of the people who died in car accidents were not using a seat belt at the time of the crash. The CDC states that wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent death and serious injury in a traffic accident.
Seat belt use has significantly increased over the past 3 decades, from around 11 percent in 1981 to nearly 85 percent in 2010. This increase has likely saved hundreds of thousands of lives of people involved in motor vehicle crashes, but more than 90 people died in car accidents each day in 2009. Some additional statistics published by the CDC regarding seat belt use include:
- Most drivers and passengers who are killed in car accidents are not wearing restraints.
- For drivers and front seat passengers, the use of a seat belt reduces the risk of death by 45 percent and serious injury by 50 percent.
- People who are not wearing a seat belt at the time of a crash are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle, and 3 out of 4 people who are ejected from a vehicle die from their injuries.
- Seat belts saved nearly 13,000 lives in 2009; if seat belt use rose to 100 percent, an additional 4000 lives would have been saved.
Contact a Coweta County car accident lawyer today
The statistics indicate that wearing a seat belt can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury or death for people who are involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, even when seat belts are used, car accidents can still result in injury. As a result, if you have been involved in a car accident, you should contact an experienced Coweta County car accident attorney as soon as possible to have your case reviewed. The Law Offices of Shane Smith are comprised of car accident lawyers who are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of individuals who have been injured in traffic accidents. To schedule a free no-obligation consultation with an experienced auto accident attorney, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 847-8999.