Buckle Up and Save a Life

hand fastening seat belt | Buckle Up and Save a LifeIn the United States, more people between 1-54 years of age die in motor vehicle crashes than of anything else. They’re the leading cause of death. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015 alone, 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle crashes. More than half of teens and adults between the ages of 13 and 44 years’ old who died in those accidents were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. People have been saying it for years but it’s still true: Buckle up and save a life!

So who isn’t wearing their seatbelts? According to statistics, young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 were less likely to wear their seatbelts and men were also less likely to wear their seatbelts when compared to women. In addition, adults who live in rural country areas were less likely to wear their seatbelts than those who lived in urban city environments. Statistics also showed that seatbelt use was lower in states where there are no seatbelt laws or little enforcement of the seatbelt laws. And lastly, rear seat passenger vehicles were less likely to wear their seatbelts.

Just how effective is wearing your seatbelt? According to the CDC, seat belts reduce serious crash related injuries and deaths by 50%. It is estimated that seat belt use saved nearly 14,000 lives in 2015 alone.

The enforcement of seatbelt laws makes a big difference to whether or not people buckle up. Primary enforcement laws are especially important. A primary enforcement seatbelt law means that a police officer can stop your vehicle and issue a ticket if you’re not wearing your seatbelt. To date, 32 states still do not have primary enforcement laws requiring seat belt use by passengers in all seating positions of the vehicle.

Further Reading: Trucking Companies Cause Accidents by Cutting Corners

Buckle Up to Save a Life

Wearing your seat belt and encouraging your friends, family, and children to do the same could actually save their lives. No matter where you are driving, all drivers and passengers should:

  • Use a seat belt no matter how short the trip
  • All children should be buckled up in the car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for their age and weight.
  • All children under the age of 12 should continue to sit in the back seat
  • Never place a rear facing child in front of an air bag
  • Before you begin driving, ask that all of your passengers buckle up. Sometimes the reminder is all they need.

Contact Our Fort Collins Car Accident Lawyers

Fort Collins car accident attorney Timms FowlerIf you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, it is important that you know you are not alone. You have a right to seek compensation for your injuries and for damages that their negligence has caused. Call the Fowler Law Firm today at (970) 232-3322 to find out how we can use our legal experience to help you recover maximum compensation.

 

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The Fowler Law Firm, LLC

Timms Fowler
Tel: 970.232.3322
The Fowler Law Firm, LLC
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Fort Collins, CO 80525
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